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“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 […]

five

another clutch of favourite reads and these sage words from Thomas a Kempis, “Let this be thy whole endeavour, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only.” 1 James KA Smith and his remarkable cultural exegesis 2 A kindled heart and other preaching counsel […]

five on Friday

“Practice presence. Spend less time with screens and more with books, less time with complaining and more with solving, less time with arguing and more with listening, less time with shopping and more time with being thankful, less time with worrying and more with exercising, less time obsessing about food and more time eating well, less […]

five on Friday

“The huge irony is that the more the gospel is offered in consumer terms, the more the consumers are disappointed.”  Eugene Peterson 1 Citizen or consumer. Ally Simpson’s perspective. 2 For your usefulness as a leader, please do read. Read more! 3 Transition, learning and leadership. Brad’s story is worth reflecting on. 4 Lasting relationships […]

twitching…

Being present, and being still, is a serious challenge. It’s never more challenging to hold our ears to God in a bombarding culture. We can twitch more than think. We can consume more than consider. It’s a uniquely distinct time in which we’re to navigate what it might look like to be in this world, but […]

Noah

So this afternoon we discovered our local independent cinema and spent part of our day-off with Aronofsky’s Noah. Noah is an ambitious piece, set initially in a scorched, desolate post-apocalyptic world. Think very flat, low budget, Mordor country. There are some bold and ingenious script moments, but also some flat, unhelpfully slow and disappointing cul de […]

don’t

be drugged, distant or just a couch-potato! Hear these words from Walter Brueggemann. “……the key pathology of our time, which seduces us all, is the reduction of the imagination so that we are too numbed, satiated and co-opted to do serious imaginative work.”  

from Les Misérables

comes a most beautiful gospel telling. Indeed, few works of art better express the central Christian message of the redemptive power of forgiveness and sacrificial love. Not that I’ve seen the movie, not just yet….but having loved the book and the musical……..here are some of my favourite quotes. *Free on Kindle right now! Julie Rose’s translation of Les Miserables […]

cultural readings, Coupland

Douglas Coupland, who came to fame for his book, ‘Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture’ has a unique capacity of providing acute descriptions of our contemporary world. Three young adults who in the midst of this changing world, seek to find their voice, by telling stories. “We know this is why the three of […]

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