By |2014-12-24T12:51:12+00:00December 18th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, fun, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Might seem highly unlikely.....for Christmas isnt' just busy but exhausting. Here's five tips that will help you to stay sane and to enjoy the Christmas season. From a seasonal mailing bulletin: here's the fuller resource. Tip 1: Remember to enjoy the message of Christmas personally. see Luke 2 v 19 for more... Tip 2: Remember that it's all about Jesus, not about you. John 1 v 20 for more.... Tip 3: Remember that Jesus is in control. Isaiah 9 v 6 is on point. Tip 4: Remember that God is in our interruptions. Luke 1 v 38 is the right kind of attitude. Tip 5: [...]


By |2014-11-04T11:25:49+00:00November 6th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

"People often say they are afraid of death – about, as they sometimes put it, having to be nothing after all these lovely years of being something. When they tell me that, I try to focus the problem more tightly. “Let me see if I understand you,” I say. “You’re bothered by the thought that you will be non-existent in, say, the year 2075. But tell me something. Has it ever occurred to you to worry about the fact that you were likewise non-existent in 1875? Of course it hasn’t, for the simple reason that, by the forces of nature [...]

five on Friday

By |2014-08-11T11:11:40+00:00October 24th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, random, theology|

“If we're going to impact our world in the name of Jesus, it will be because people like you and me took action in the power of the Spirit. Ever since the mission and ministry of Jesus, God has never stopped calling for a movement of "Little Jesus's" to follow him into the world and unleash the remarkable redemptive genius that lies in the very message we carry. Given the situation of the Church in the West, much will now depend on whether we are willing to break out of a stifling herd instinct and find God again in the context of the [...]


By |2014-10-15T11:51:28+00:00October 11th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, fun, leadership, personal|

this is what's occurred this week. Well some of it anyhow..... I've loved the recent British movie classic, 'About Time'. Quirky, brilliant, poignant relational dynamics. Progress and pain, often co-exist. And people can often cease to move forward.....Helping some people get unstuck this week has been my delight. Deep listening is seriously important and properly tiring. Discouragement can just gnaw away at people....... like really do a job on people. Julie's really loved the Private Practice TV series, and we've been chugging through it slowly.... and up next it's my pick: House of Cards. At last. We'll let you know how we get on [...]


By |2014-09-22T10:46:37+00:00October 6th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Yes. Sharing Jesus remains the most significant question..... "Your role as a Christ follower is simply to be a witness. You don't have to pound gavels. point fingers and cast blame. All you need to do is tell your story. The beautiful thing about sharing your faith story is that nobody can deny it. No one can argue with your own personal experience. When you share personally, it touches hearts deeply. What is most personal is most universal. We are not called to push anybody into our way of thinking. Rather, we bear witness to what God has done for [...]

the most joyful book

By |2014-09-17T11:24:25+00:00September 24th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, fun, leadership, theology|

I've been challenged to 'pursue joy' ever since 2012..... some weekend reading, has been calling me back to the book of joy, again. ”Christianity has been named, sometimes patronizingly, sometimes sentimentally, sometimes honestly enough, the religion of sorrow; but there never was a more complete misnomer.  It is not the religion of sorrow, but the religion which, because it is inspired by One who lives and was dead, gives the victory over every sorrow, even the crowning sorrows of death and sin. There is not in the New Testament from beginning to end, in the record of the original and genuine [...]


By |2014-08-01T14:25:36+00:00August 10th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Psalm 135 says it this way:- "The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear, Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, Yes, everyone who trusts in them." This is the danger. To trust stuff. The Psalmist says if you trust stuff or money then you become a lifeless object. Why? Because of this vital truth. You and I become [...]


By |2014-08-01T13:52:49+00:00August 4th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

In any creative enterprise there are risks, and false-starts resulting in glorious and rare fruit, often unseen elsewhere. Manchester has known the gift of the Message Trust, and God's honour has been seen in the mix of this gritty, consistent movement of changed lives. The unrelenting faith of a life sent on purpose is portrayed in inspiring terms here. The parallel pathway of Isaiah and northern mission finds rootedness in the pursuit of God, holiness, service and transformation in this world. Scripture, stories, creativity and journal space give this new title and range of publications, lots of capacity to inspire ongoing [...]


By |2014-07-31T21:22:29+00:00August 3rd, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

“The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at the very same time. This creates a radical new dynamic for personal growth. It means that the more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying, and amazing God’s grace appears to you. But on the other hand, the more aware you [...]

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