smiles from this week…..

By |2014-09-27T06:28:20+00:00September 27th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random, theology|

Group cycling, aka spinning is a reflection of the fall.....but it's working for me in a love-hate kind of way. The opposite of transformation is probably transaction. And we're made for so much more than this...... A church that tries to recruit, offering the details of 69 planned management mtgs per year, will understandably struggle to attract Acts 2 ministry. And the church that can't detail in a few sentences what it's looking for, won't help in producing a 36-page profile. Devil's Knot is a haunting movie, Simplify is classic Bill Hybel's wisdom, I want to have the gravel of the *new Leonard Cohen [...]


By |2014-01-17T15:18:50+00:00January 16th, 2014|faith, leadership, personal, random|

what you see, right?! One of my local bucket list things has come to pass. Eating with family members at Hawksmoor Spitalfields was their kind treat to us, and even for the non-beef eating Julie, all times too. Food this good, requires recording right!?  Doesnt the goodness of this make you just salivate!? Hawksmoor is worth a visit.

STW 1.ix.2013

By |2013-09-01T19:06:21+00:00September 1st, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, fun, personal|

Proverbs 20 v 28 was part of my morning mana. "A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished." Spoil yourself to ten-tracks of musical goodness with Foy Vance in his new album. Best of the year. Sometimes 'love' means cooking vegetarian moussaka.......there was a meat supplement with the left-overs for lunch today! Discipleship is truth and love made possible through relationship, and relates to whole life. Great conversations and prayer times with lots of people today. Thankful and encouraged. A helpful reminder from Erin that faith and wellness connect. From our [...]


By |2013-08-02T21:32:31+00:00July 11th, 2013|discipleship, fun, leadership, personal, theology, Uncategorized, writing|

glorious books..... heres what I've been reading in the second quarter of 2013. It adds to what I've read earlier. All good stuff, with the best titles bolded, yes as ever not enough novels, but do I have the time and patience?! And the numbers are for a reading collective I'm a part of. What are you reading? what would you sugguest from what you've enjoyed.......? Second Corinthians Commentary by Scott J Hafemann 508 The Art of Pastoring by David Hansen (revised ed) 219 The invested life by Rosenberg & Koshy 278 The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket 262 What we talk about when we [...]

a terrible brilliance

By |2013-03-19T22:46:09+00:00March 25th, 2013|fun, personal, writing|

I don't read enough novels, according to my friends and colleagues! So in a small augmentation to my pattern......I got reading something different. The Terrible Thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne is more-than your average children's book. Its a 4-star goodie!   Here is a moving tale of difference and redemption. It's pacey, engaging and full of principled challenge. Mr and Mrs Brocket value their normal lives and are determined to stamp out abnormality, particularly Barnaby's floating at any cost. These values lead the Brockets to do something quite dreadful, the `terrible thing'. It does, however, offer us gritty [...]

some of my Christmas…

By |2013-01-15T21:14:48+00:00January 4th, 2013|coaching, discipleship, faith, fun, leadership, personal, Uncategorized| reply to my cyberpal supersimbo's invitation, this was some of my Christmas. It involved far too much pace, perhaps not enough quiet and medium amounts of gluttony! More home-making adventures with Julie: and real-tree goodness. The three-meat Christmas roast was particularly good! Just-about recovery from all the pre-Christmas services: overdosing particularly on singing 'Silent Night.' Seeing the joy of my children’s present opening: brilliant although all-too-short times with Noah & Esther. Enjoying the store of dreams: Apple at Covent Garden with Noah! The giving and receiving of slippers: I received high-end quality slippers,….as I am of that age and [...]

reads from q4

By |2012-12-13T20:14:46+00:00December 13th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

*my best reads of the quarter, are bolded! 1 To be delivered in the event of my death, Chris Russell. 173 pages. 2 The naked now, Richard Rohr. 183 pages. 3 Imitating Jesus, Clark & Grissom. 104 pages 4 The radical Jesus, John Stott. 140 pages 5 You can change, Tim Chester. 195 pages. 6 Shapeshifters, Derek Vreeland. 104 pages 7 Detoxing from church, Robby McAlpine. 116 pages. 8 There are no strong people, Jeff Lucas. 212 pages. 9 Spiritual Influence, Mel Lawrenz. 219 pages. 10 Strengthening the shepherds. Andrew Kane. 214 pages 11 Wrecked, Jeff Goins. 169 pages. 12 [...]

reads from q3

By |2012-10-12T15:39:53+00:00October 15th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

*my best reads of the quarter, are bolded! 1. Tokens of Trust, ++ Rowan. 159pages 2. Hannah’s Child, Stanley Hauweraus. 288pages 3. Conspiracy of Kindness, Steve Sjogren. 228pages 4. Hiding from love, John Townsend. 288pages 5. The Antidote, Oliver Burkeman. 214pages 6. If God…. then what, Andrew Wilson, 159pages 7. The Lions World, ++ Rowan. 144 pages 8. Astonishing the Gods, Ben Okri. 158 pages 9. Geography of Grace, Kris Rocke & Joel Van Dyke. 307 pages 10. Unclean, Richard Beck. 197 pages 11. Epiphanies of the Ordinary, Charlie Cleverley. 226 pages 12. Praying for England, Samuel Wells & Sarah [...]

Q2, 2012 reading

By |2012-07-12T20:35:40+00:00July 6th, 2012|coaching, discipleship, faith, fun, personal, writing|

Here is more book goodness that logs my reading to the second half-of-the year! Bolded titles, were my more enjoyed reads! 1. Stations of the Cross by Sara Maitland & Chris Golland. 125 pages 2. The Good God, by Michael Reeves. 144 pages 3. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer. 253 pages 4. Lit! by Tony Reinke. 183 pages 5. Close enough to hear God breathe by Greg Paul. 193 pages 6. The top 5 regrets of dying by Bonnie Ware. 244 pages 7. Getting to know the Holy Spirit by Mavesh & Bonnie Chavada. 197 pages 8. Friends at my table [...]