five on Friday

By |2015-05-10T13:18:16+00:00May 15th, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

"We need to be honest about our lame, half baked message and our even lamer attempts to dress it up and make it look sexier than it is. My sense is that we’d do better to admit we haven’t fully discovered the depths of this story and simply invite people to start digging for it with us again?" Hugh Halter 1 Making disciples in the everyday stuff of life. Worth thinking.  2 Strong leadership inspirations. Fresh angles on this. 3 What Donald Miller does to renew creativity. Two things. 4 Leading like Bonhoeffer. Great stuff. 5 Beware of second-hand spirituality. [...]

five on Friday

By |2015-01-03T18:07:11+00:00January 9th, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, random, theology|

"The church, which is a kingdom fellowship under King Jesus, counters each of these stories with the story of new creation that becomes possible through the power of the Spirit and the life of Jesus. Kingdom creates a family called a church." Scot McKnight 1 Eight killers of momentum and motivation. Ron's insight.  2 Creativity's worst enemy: "Creators carry with them the scars from cynic’s attacks, wounds that are healed because of grace." 3 Corderio's Dead Leader Walking video footage.  4 Thom Rainer's insights as to what may happen in the church this year. 5 Tim Chester's blog on the puritan [...]

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 [...]

five on Friday

By |2014-08-11T11:11:40+00:00October 24th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, random, theology|

“If we're going to impact our world in the name of Jesus, it will be because people like you and me took action in the power of the Spirit. Ever since the mission and ministry of Jesus, God has never stopped calling for a movement of "Little Jesus's" to follow him into the world and unleash the remarkable redemptive genius that lies in the very message we carry. Given the situation of the Church in the West, much will now depend on whether we are willing to break out of a stifling herd instinct and find God again in the context of the [...]

five on Friday

By |2014-04-09T12:00:56+00:00April 18th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

Psalm 34 v 1-4 "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the LORD; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears." 1 Jesus invented the church; let's allow him to lead it while we cultivate a flourishing well-watered garden first and a well-oiled machine second. Let the garden flourish.  2 A beautiful video piece that is inspiring around creativity & Blaine Hogan's brilliant free resource. 3 [...]

making manifest

By |2013-05-25T15:29:42+00:00May 25th, 2013|church life, coaching, discipleship, leadership, theology, writing|

Dave Harrity's unique offering 'On Faith Creativity and the Kingdom at Hand' is made possible through, Seedbed Publishing. It's a creative, inspiring and wise guide towards divine mystery. A helpful settler for the soul. It invites your participation in spirit, thought and voice. It's a book of devotional meditations and exercises designed for spiritual growth and imagining community differently. This workbook style title is roomy and invites much reflective re-imagining as to how the kingdom of God is realised in your life. Full of scripture, insight and creativity. This will drive you towards silence, free-thought, meditation and new insight, made possible by the Holy Spirit. It's fused with [...]

5 more (needed) words?!

By |2012-06-06T08:18:59+00:00June 17th, 2012|fun, personal, random, writing|

....by way of  more word goodness...... Here's more words I'd love to see in regular useage! 1. PACKETMANGULATION – n. Manhandling the “open here” spout on my favoured comfort food: a packet of custard...undertaken so badly that one has to resort to the “illegal” side. Desperation 2. PEPPIER – n. The waiter person at a restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want ground pepper! 3. PHONESIA – n. The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.....you pause and then conversationally jump in! 4. PETKUS [...]

5 words that don’t exist……

By |2012-07-25T13:02:58+00:00June 10th, 2012|coaching, faith, leadership, Uncategorized|

...but probably should! ;-) My grammar has never been great.....and I have some new friends who are educating me and establishing verbal betterment in me.  Am still working on the ellipses! Here are some words I'd love to establish..... in general useage. How about? 1. AQUADEXTROUS – adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bath taps, on and off with your toes. 2. CARPERPETUATION – n. The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or general tat at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the dyson one more [...]