five on Friday

By |2015-05-16T14:31:52+00:00May 22nd, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

"The really important thing in life is not the avoidance of mistakes, but the obedience of faith. By obedience, the man is led step by step to correct his errors, whereas nothing will ever happen to him if he doesn’t get going." Paul Tournier 1 Gospel beauty and us getting in the way. 2 "There’s nothing more Christlike than challenging the Church to be more......" Don't ever be giving up on the church. 3 Taylor Swift, Mike Breen and mission explored.  4 Spurgeons sorrows and living with a heavy heart. 5 Meditating on these phrases from Jesus has done me such [...]

love

By |2014-08-02T12:46:41+00:00August 30th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

"No single attribute creates more beauty in the world than a life lived out of love. Imagine how the world would be different if each of us left every person we ever met better than we found them. Imagine a world where love was the rule, where love was the boundary, where it was unthinkable to violate the principle: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'...Whatever else we may accomplish in our lives, if we neglect this arena, if we diminish the importance of human relationships, if we live our lives for any lesser principle than the principle of love, our lives [...]

beauty, affliction & reward!

By |2012-06-13T19:13:23+00:00April 11th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, personal|

“Beauty and affliction are the only two things that can pierce our hearts.” Simone Weil As I've reflected on the landscape of Lent, it presents itself as open, empty, deserted. Traditional lenten observance, following Christ into the wilderness, emphasizes relinquishment. Following the One who emptied himself, we give up a familiar pleasure or comfort for forty days until Easter. Alcohol, chocolate and meat are meant to be on standby, but these days it might be Facebook, twitter or gaming. Maybe with less clutter we’ll detox a bit and have a few more moments reaching toward God in prayer, study and reflection. That [...]

beauty……please!

By |2012-07-05T11:23:35+00:00July 3rd, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith|

I saw a blurb in Christianity Today about a new book titled Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity. To a generation suspicious of truth claims and unconvinced by moral assertions, beauty has a surprising allure. I appreciate the evangelistic impulse behind this idea, and I found that this book offered some good suggestions that point us in the right direction. Zahnd rightly insists that beauty has been manifested most powerfully in the cross of Christ: Every cross adorning a church is in itself a sermon—a sermon proclaiming that if Christ can transform the Roman instrument [...]

adding what…?

By |2012-01-18T15:47:29+00:00January 16th, 2012|Uncategorized|

"We come with beautiful secrets We come with purposes written on our hearts, written on our souls We come to every new morning With possibilities only we can hold To tell a better story. Redemption comes in strange places, small spaces Calling out the best of who we are And I want to add to the beauty" 'Add to the Beauty' by Bronlewee & Groves. Redemption is beautiful. It is compelling. It's all around us, however strange or small....because of God's grace.  Come alive to the plan of God for you: seek it, fight for it, inhabit it and by [...]