"The church, which is a kingdom fellowship under King Jesus, counters each of these stories with the story of new creation that becomes possible through the power of the Spirit and the life of Jesus. Kingdom creates a family called a church." Scot McKnight 1 Eight killers of momentum and motivation. Ron's insight. 2 Creativity's worst enemy: "Creators carry with them the scars from cynic’s attacks, wounds that are healed because of grace." 3 Corderio's Dead Leader Walking video footage. 4 Thom Rainer's insights as to what may happen in the church this year. 5 Tim Chester's blog on the puritan [...]
“My secret is that I need God—that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love.” Douglas Coupland 1 Malcolm Gladwell on criticism, tolerance and changing your mind. Brilliant stuff. 2 "The more you work in the future, the less competition you will have." David Hieatt learnings and lessons. 3 Mining and refining, from Paul Tripp's world. Really helpful stuff. 4 [...]
Here's the quotes from my re-reading the brilliant and timeless Community and Growth, by Jean Vanier. “I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” “Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don't talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.” “Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.” “Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world [...]
"Like a car without petrol, that has to be pushed and that comes to a standstill as soon as it is left alone, many Christians endeavour to drive themselves by will power and then think the Christian life a most exhausting and bitter one." Watchman Nee Success does not get us into the kingdom of God, failure does not keep us out of there. The only thing that matters is our trust in Jesus. So rest. For your faith is based on the finished work of Jesus. So go on....... Trust and obey Him, in the power of the Holy Spirit. No more [...]
,.....and all that.....in a newish book from Gabe Lyons. It offers a few transatlantic insights as to a new day, a fresh era and a restoration agenda: navigating being seperate or just down-right compromise! Here's a few contrasts I scribbled in my journal.
Douglas Coupland, who came to fame for his book, 'Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture' has a unique capacity of providing acute descriptions of our contemporary world. Three young adults who in the midst of this changing world, seek to find their voice, by telling stories. “We know this is why the three of us left our lives behind us and came to the desert – to tell stories and to make our own lives worthwhile tales in the process.” Generation X Coupland has gone on to write 12 books of fiction that engagingly capture our changing culture. He’s currently [...]
Ken Untener has this left us this, beautiful take on things:- 'Prophets of a Future Not Our Own' It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision… We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to [...]