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By |2016-06-09T14:53:28+00:00May 27th, 2016|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

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 from Kevin De Young 3 Leading for the love of Jesus, and regularly checking motivation! 4 Marriage and being that 'right person'?  5 Searing social media challenges and when to walk away

five recent bests

By |2015-12-29T22:51:57+00:00January 1st, 2016|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random, theology|

“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 [...]

invited

By |2014-07-27T12:19:17+00:00July 27th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

"Making shelter for Jesus" is the compelling invitation of Richard Rohr's new title, Eager to Love. It constructs pathways and meeting points with God, offered alongside a unique encounter with Francis of Assisi and the invitation to wholeness. Rohr with deft touch and insight offers us fresh ways, that are free of 'shoulds and musts'. Some of the detailed work with language and concepts is particularly helpful, if uncomfortable in its reach and implications. There is plenty of paradox with edgy fresh interpretation in this mix of scripture, psychology and creativity. Feminine spirituality is reasoned, and as ever the prophetic [...]

heart

By |2013-11-05T10:57:26+00:00November 4th, 2013|discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, Uncategorized, writing|

Listen to these words from JD Greear. "We [can] substitute all kinds of cosmetic change for true heart change. We encourage people to pursue new and better spiritual gifts. We tell them to recover ancient devotional techniques. We try to beef them up on a particular doctrinal system, as if more correct facts will do the trick in itself. We tell them to show audacious, mountain-moving faith in prayer. We tell them to get radically committed to the Great Commission. These things all have their place ___ but [what we may be] doing is piling superficial changes onto a heart [...]

healing

By |2013-08-02T21:44:21+00:00June 30th, 2013|discipleship, leadership, theology, writing|

for your heart and life...... If you're open to books: then The Wall around your Heart, by Mary DeMuth is well-worth a read. We become so easily defended. Life hurts us, we feel pain, and we struggle. We default to self-protection. So what do we do with hurting lives and raw situations? Mary DeMuth offers beautiful narrative, flowing prose and Christ-loving beats on every page. The call to open-hearted living is foundational to this compelling new book. The gap between the aspiration of scripture and reality of experience is brilliantly and challenging straddled. One particular favourite for me was the 'I-am-awful Kingdom' section. There is much unique pastoral [...]

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