just do stuff!

By |2014-11-01T22:06:31+00:00November 10th, 2014|coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, random, writing|

Creativity and the creative process get a lot of air-time these days in articles, books and blog posts. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of tips out there on how to be create, how to write. Read a lot. Read widely. Write every day. Find new locations for inspiration. Write with noise. Write in quiet. And so on. These are great ideas, really helpful. I abide by them in varied levels of commitment because they help me. But you know what they’re not.....? A formula. Creativity doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all formula. If it did everyone would be creative and by [...]

sent

By |2014-08-01T13:52:49+00:00August 4th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

In any creative enterprise there are risks, and false-starts resulting in glorious and rare fruit, often unseen elsewhere. Manchester has known the gift of the Message Trust, and God's honour has been seen in the mix of this gritty, consistent movement of changed lives. The unrelenting faith of a life sent on purpose is portrayed in inspiring terms here. The parallel pathway of Isaiah and northern mission finds rootedness in the pursuit of God, holiness, service and transformation in this world. Scripture, stories, creativity and journal space give this new title and range of publications, lots of capacity to inspire ongoing [...]

called

By |2013-11-20T12:18:03+00:00October 27th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, Uncategorized, writing|

At church, I’m teaching an overview of Nehemiah today, as part of our ‘Called to be!’ series. Nehemiah’s an all-time favourite for me. There's so many big and important personal themes in this. Trust, prayer and action are so powerfully seen in Nehemiah's life. Through the Holy Spirit, that's possible for you and me too! Again I'm humbled at how God's word speaks to so very many parts of our lives.....Here's the audio file for your listening! Authentic renewal only comes through our response to God’s revelation of Himself in the Scriptures, because of the cross of the Lord Jesus [...]

thrown back

By |2012-10-17T11:09:24+00:00October 17th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

....onto God! Joy and peace come into our lives then, when we mind more about God than we do about ourselves, when we realize what the things that matter really are. The Spirit clears up our problems about what we want or ought to be at, simplifies us and throw us back again and again on the deep and peaceful action of God. from Evelyn Underhill  

something new…

By |2012-09-30T21:31:54+00:00October 7th, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

"The promise is there. I’m doing a new thing for you, says God. Don’t you see it? Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43 v 18 - 19 God says...... Change your focus, Stop looking behind! Start looking up ahead!  Walter Brueggmann writes of this action of God:- “It is remarkable that Israel is told to forget the old exodus narrative in order to notice the new [...]

more than a heavenly-ticket!

By |2012-06-21T11:45:40+00:00June 21st, 2012|coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

Rightly understood, the gospel calls the evangelical to more than belief to obtain a ticket, and disciples to more than spreading an anemic gospel which must be beeded up through spiritual disciplines or social justice. Jesus’s disciples would never have made this gross error. They knew the gospel was of kingdom proportions, animating and laying claim to all of life. The gospel makes all-encompassing demands, and what the gospel demands, it supplies. The disciples knew that the gospel, not mission, was the invigorating power of Jesus’s Commission. This is why they devoted their lives to the mission of making disciples [...]