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kingdom-life

More from James Bryan Smith in his epic trilogy on spiritual formation. These are really worth your time. Here more of what I’ve loved from The Good and Beautiful life, p182 over the weekend. “We live in the unshakeable kingdom of God, so that even when we are tested, we never fail. This is why I […]

cost and gain

“In Dallas Willard’s words, “Non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of Gods overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that […]

busy or

what…..? How is it for you…… Discerning the difference between options, load and possibilities is key. Kevin DeYoung is spot on in his book Crazy Busy. “It’s not wrong to be tired. It’s not wrong to feel overwhelmed. It’s not wrong to go through seasons of complete chaos. What is wrong— and heartbreakingly foolish and wonderfully avoidable— is to […]

‘stego’

is one of the bible discoveries that’s still lingering on with me. So here’s some more of the content from last weekends talk that’s producing good things in me. The consistent indicator of the impact of a passage on me, is always. I end up talking through ideas from my talks in my conversation with […]

four

Some things from the life of Jesus, from my rummage in the gospels this week. Four things, not a preach here. Just an intriguing pattern worthy of our attention. 1 Jesus spent time enjoying long meals with people. 2 Jesus went to lots of parties with people. 3 Jesus spent time going on long walks with people. 4 […]

movements

Movements that change the world, by Steve Addison is a great book. And here’s some of my favourite parts. “Movements are informal groups of people with an agenda for change. They have leading figures but no one person in control. Movements make history. “Movements change people, and changed people change the world.” “The New Testament […]

insight

from the weighty brilliance of Walter Brueggemann “Discipleship is no easy church program. It is a summons away from our characteristic safety nets of social support. It entails a resolve to follow a leader who himself has costly habits, in order to engage in disciplines that disentangle us from ways in which we are schooled […]

paradox

We see the unseen. We subdue by submitting. We win by losing. We are made grand by becoming little. We come in first by becoming last. We are honoured by being humble. We fill up with God by emptying out ourselves. We become wise by being fools. We possess all things by having nothing. We […]

Bob’s thought*

“This Sunday is Easter Day. It is a bittersweet truth that Jesus needed to die in order to live again. My walk through Holy Week will be in the company of Pope Francis who has talked of churches needing to go through a process of discernment, purification and reform. Discernment is on Maundy Thursday. For […]

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