seasonal inspiration

By |2015-12-28T22:42:03+00:00December 22nd, 2015|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

“Give up for a while your false and failing attempts at merriment, and thank God for thin places, and for Advent, for a season that understands longing and loneliness and long nights. Let yourself fall open to Advent, to anticipation, to the belief that what is empty will be filled, what is broken will be repaired, and what is lost can always be found, no matter how many times it’s been lost.” Shauna Niequist "Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home." G.K. Chesterton "Of course there is [...]

five on Friday

By |2015-05-16T23:05:22+00:00May 29th, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, leadership, theology, writing|

“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened," He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.” Brennan Manning. 1 [...]

five on Friday

By |2015-05-16T14:31:52+00:00May 22nd, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

"The really important thing in life is not the avoidance of mistakes, but the obedience of faith. By obedience, the man is led step by step to correct his errors, whereas nothing will ever happen to him if he doesn’t get going." Paul Tournier 1 Gospel beauty and us getting in the way. 2 "There’s nothing more Christlike than challenging the Church to be more......" Don't ever be giving up on the church. 3 Taylor Swift, Mike Breen and mission explored.  4 Spurgeons sorrows and living with a heavy heart. 5 Meditating on these phrases from Jesus has done me such [...]

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 |2015-05-10T12:10:23+00:00May 8th, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

"Your ministry doesn’t need the flair of your inflated ego; rather, it is your authenticity that will most effectively motivate those you serve in leadership. And that genuineness is most often communicated in a soft tone that has no relation to bravado— a well- reasoned argument that can be coupled with passion to get the attention of internal and external constituencies, and a caring and gracious spirit that attracts around it people ready to listen and respond." Roger Parrott 1 Philip Yancey on small being large. Gods economy and our stuff. 2 Five reasons churches don't grow! Simples. 3 "If you [...]

five on Friday

By |2015-04-21T11:10:51+00:00April 10th, 2015|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

"Why did Jesus Christ sacrifice himself to the point of death? Faith answers – to expiate for our sins. Why did he rise in such splendour? To show us the meaning of our redemption. In his death, we recall that we were dead because of sin. In his resurrection instead we have a perfect example of our resurrection in grace. Since Jesus Christ rose immortal to a life of glory, we must say with St. Paul that we too must rise immortal in the life of grace, firmly resolved to never again subject our souls to spiritual death."  St Pio [...]

five on Friday

By |2015-03-12T23:14:20+00:00March 20th, 2015|church life, discipleship, faith, fun, leadership, personal, theology|

"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 you don’t have a plan to baby step your people forward, your capacity is limited." Hugh Halter 1 Nine marks of an unhealthy church. DeYoung on a great list here. 2 Ways to alienate strangers from your local church. As if ideas are needed. 3 Kierkegaard's [...]

today

By |2015-03-18T10:46:36+00:00March 17th, 2015|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

sees us clamour a little....... My heroically lovely sister claims more of the *green than me!! My passport says British, like hers but we're never going to get tribal in the kingdom of God, but on St Patricks day, it's always going to be colourful and predictable on social media. Lincoln said it earliest and wittiest today! "My three favourite Irish saints are called Hatrick!" Reflecting on Patricks words of confession are worth a few moments here. I was called back to these words of Patrick.... "O God, give me of Thy wisdom, O God, give me of Thy mercy, [...]

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