tangible

By |2015-04-21T11:15:49+00:00April 21st, 2015|church life, discipleship, faith, personal, theology, writing|

From The Tangible Kingdom, by Hugh Halter. "The incarnational big-story gospel will require a place of discovery, where people will be able to see the truth before they hear about it. This place will not be a location but a community of people who are inclusive of everyone. These people will be making eternity attractive by how they live such selfless lives now, and will be modelling life in a New Kingdom in ways that will make it easy for other people to give it a try. People like this aren’t desperate to convert everyone; they are desperate to be like [...]

five on Friday

By |2015-03-03T17:40:00+00:00March 6th, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

"...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 make things happen before your time has come, you will see little fruit and a lot of frustration. If you are passive and miss your time, you will see little fruit. The good news is that God will let you know when your time has come. [...]

beautiful

By |2014-04-14T13:14:33+00:00April 15th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, Uncategorized, writing|

brilliant and timeless words from Leslie Newbiggin..... "How is it possible that the gospel should be credible, that people should come to believe that the power which has the last word in human affairs is represented by a man hanging on a cross? I am suggesting that the only answer, the only hermeneutic of the gospel, is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it. I am, of course, not denying the importance of the many activities by which we seek to challenge public life with the gospel– evangelistic campaigns, distribution of Bibles and Christian [...]

reading…..

By |2014-03-23T17:26:35+00:00March 23rd, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, random, theology|

Here's the quotes from my re-reading the brilliant and timeless Community and Growth, by Jean Vanier. “I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” “Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don't talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.” “Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.” “Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world [...]

the worst of community…

By |2013-08-02T21:52:12+00:00June 10th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

It's what is rarely said!? Community brings out the worst in us.... Living in community is inevitably a choice to lie down on God’s operating table and open our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s healing through one another. It is an invitation to spiritual surgery, made all the messier by our inexperience in using and submitting to the “surgical tools” of gracious truth-telling and patient listening. It surprises me how the Spirit shows up again and again to help us through these messy surgeries. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. from The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and [...]

six postures…

By |2012-11-20T08:36:31+00:00November 16th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

for healthy missional community life.......? Listening: We desire to be attuned to God, to self, and to our neighborhood. Submerging: We desire to embody Jesus in our neighborhood while participating in an apprenticing community. Inviting: We desire to grasp the depth of God’s invitation to kin gdom life and to become more inviting and invited people while welcoming our neighbors into God’s redemptive story. Contending: We desire to confront the things that hinder the full expression of the kingdom of God, both spiritual and natural, in our community, among our friends and neighbors, and in our city. Imagining: We desire to discern God’s intent on our [...]