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a young life spent

well….really well! It’s a story that’s been forgotten. Not given enough air-time. Over the years the numbers of people committed to Jesus in other countries has diminished. Often their practices were dramatic. The cost was immense. The implications were very real. They would reject what they had gathered in this life. Right before they would travel though, they would […]

Ezra 7

Ezra 7 v 1-10 confronts us with the impact of a life who was devoted to God. see v9:- “The good hand of the Lord was upon me!” What a great life summary. God raised up a godly leader, with exceptional ability and a prepared heart. Ezra reflects the optimism of deep trust in God, keeping […]

big words: big impact

There are endless markings and scribbles in my already worn copy of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp.* It’s going to be a pastoral classic: with so much wisdom, understanding and challenge. The paragraph below is worth the entire book. I urge you to read it slowly:- It is only love for Christ that can defend […]

How watching Arsenal…..

….reminds me of the local church. Tonight our date night had a twist: with unused tickets for the Emirates thanks to my brother-in-law, Julie and I shared time in the North Stand, willing on a win for Julie’s team. Thanks honey!  Here’s some parallels that struck me afresh….  Anticipation and approach can be full of optimism […]

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 […]

grace, and more grace

Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations to every window, pounding at every door in a hilarity beyond all liking and happening, until the prodigals come out […]

balance….

….in the pattern of Christian discipleship, was my assigned preaching topic yesterday! It’s something I find far from resolved in my life……but I really found myself being ambushed by God in John 8:12-30. A far from easy passage, yet full of the imprint of Jesus for a life of simplicity, confidence and adventure!  Alongside the words […]

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