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By |2016-06-09T14:53:51+00:00June 10th, 2016|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

"At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself - the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ." Oswald Chambers 1 Baggage worth reclaiming? 2 Helping the quality of our application in preaching 3 Exploring our cutlure's blindspots on calling  4 Mark Dever on four elements of the discipleship process 5 Seven key relational sklls in leadership

five recent bests

By |2015-12-29T22:51:57+00:00January 1st, 2016|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random, theology|

“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened," He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.” Brennan Manning 1 [...]

unglamorous

By |2013-10-25T20:29:02+00:00November 2nd, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, Uncategorized, writing|

Eugene Peterson on pastoral vocation:- "… Pastoring is not a very glamorous job. It's a very taking-out-the-laundry and changing-the-diapers kind of job. And I think I would try to disabuse them of any romantic ideas of what it is. As a pastor, you've got to be willing to take people as they are. And live with them where they are. And not impose your will on them. Because God has different ways of being with people, and you don't always know what they are. The one thing I think is at the root of a lot of pastors' restlessness and [...]

calling

By |2013-09-02T15:40:05+00:00October 3rd, 2013|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, Uncategorized|

“When I grow up, I too will go to faraway places and come home to live by the sea.” “That is all very well, little Alice,” says my aunt, “but there is a third thing you must do.” “What is that?” I ask. “You must do something to make the world more beautiful.” “All right,” I say. Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius

dance

By |2013-08-02T21:29:51+00:00July 13th, 2013|coaching, discipleship, faith, personal|

Invisible Trails – by James A. Pearson Follow the invisible paths Walk upon the high places The sides of mountains The edges of planters along the road And when the trail gets too narrow to walk Keep your knees bent And your feet light And your eyes on what calls you And dance along its dangers

surrender…..

By |2012-12-06T22:05:48+00:00December 7th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

There is a hope that burns within my heart That gives me strength for every passing day A glimpse of glory now revealed in meagre part Yet drives all doubt away I stand in Christ with sins forgiven And Christ in me the hope of heaven My highest calling and my deepest joy To make his will my home. Stuart Townend

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