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“Most churches have not developed a good way of combining spiritual formation with missional living. That’s a capacity issue. It’s one thing to want to see your people move forward; it’s another to have the calling to actually move them forward. As the leader, you may be gifted to move into this personally, but if […]

five on Friday

“…There is a certain time for significant events and seasons which occur in a servant of God’s life. This is especially true for ministry. If God has called you to a specific work, there is a time in which that work will find its greatest fulfilment and its widest impact. If you launch out and try to […]

five on Friday

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, Let me walk upon the waters, Wherever You would call me, Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Saviour.” Hillsong United, Oceans. 1 This Regent Redux on Sabbath, and freedom in the […]

five on Friday

“When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves—that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience. “ N.T. Wright 1 Really […]

humbled

as ever to grapple with God’s word. And so today the invited passage, is these immense verses from Colossians 3. It’s another expansive brilliant invitation. To put on Christ. To be renewed and reformed by the very life of the Holy Spirit. To be clothed with Christ. How about it……?

five on Friday

“The spirit that is a healthy spirit is the spirit of an explorer: We are not terrified by the beyond, we are not too tired to seek what is ahead. The spirit that is really healthy knows that there is no future for us unless we set out into it wholeheartedly.” John Main, in Fully Alive. […]

five on Friday

We need to consistently get more intimately acquainted with Holy Spirit, but most importantly when our awareness, enjoyment and familiarity with him is more nostalgic than dynamic. 1 Krish Kandiah’s vision of an apostolic church. Compelling stuff. 2 Some of the clearest productivity insight. Six tips for everyday! 3 “Power and authority in the here and now […]

questions

They are so often the pathway to life. Questions are the very best challenge whether on the giving or receiving end. Great questions create pathways and new life. Whether with friends, mentors or my spiritual director, I’m blessed by these. And I love to push out questions for those I get to serve. Yes, life is filled with […]

turning up

Again in a Q-&-A at a recent church weekend, I found myself encouraging people to keep on ‘turning up.’ Old wisdom says, “90% of life is simply showing up.” I get that. But what about the things that we don’t want to show up to, but we have to?  Or the things that we do want to do, […]

inviting, health….

I used the questions below, again this week while working with a great local church as they engaged with change and fresh possibilities. OK that’s code for uncertainty and discomfort, initially. But as they started to map things out…..it was incredible, how quickly things moved in 90mins. Faster paced and more hopeful than all the English […]

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