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“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 […]

five on Friday

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, Let me walk upon the waters, Wherever You would call me, Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Saviour.” Hillsong United, Oceans. 1 This Regent Redux on Sabbath, and freedom in the […]

disarmed

In 1903, Rainer Maria Rilke replied in a series of letters to a student who had written to the well-known Austrian poet for an assessment. Written during an important stage in Rilke’s artistic development, these letters contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. Letters to a Young Poet is essential reading […]

people and God

both in their right size and shape! Psalm 56 v 11 records;- “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” The more we trust God’s perfection, the better we can deal with human perfection. There is no other healthy way to survive life in a […]

review: real marriage

Real Marriage from Mark & Grace Driscoll is more than your average marriage-ministry. Its mild-controversy between the covers! I’m late coming to the action, in reading this – but here below is my rather longer review, than what I normally post……. here’s one view and another view also.  Mark Driscoll is the poster-boy, kick-butt pastor for new-wave Calvinism. Here is an all-included marriage-manifesto […]

resilient life questions

In one of his most formative books, A Resilient Life, Gordon MacDonald suggests these questions about the kinds of people we have in our lives. Who are they, for you…..? Who coaches you? Who stretches your mind? Who listens to and encourages your dreams? Who will protect you? Who are those who share your tears? […]

fresh life….

This past week was heavy. I did a poor job planning, and ended up spreading myself too thin. By the end of the week I was pretty drained and dry. You didn’t have to convince me that I needed rest!! I was ready to collapse on the couch in a trembling, whining heap. If I go […]

15 great questions for pastoral leaders…

“I’m not the king. I’m only an ambassador for the King”. A great reminder from Paul Tripp, speaking to church leaders about the specifics of pastoral ministry. Share this goodness far and wide: Sit with these questions in silence and the searching light of God, the Holy Spirit. What claims the fear of my heart? […]

the tragic gap

I recently watched this brilliant video (anything with Parker Palmer is just great!) Here were the three questions that I’ve wrestled with since… (1) When your life gets out of balance, do you usually swing to damaging cynicism or escapist idealism? (2) What circumstances or decisions tend to push you in this direction? (3) What practices […]

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