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this I know. I know it through the bumps and bruises. Through the goodness of God’s grace and through the truth of His Word. Without Christ’s help, sin is stronger than we are. Yet Jesus is stronger than my weakness! “I am weak, but Thou art strong! Jesus, keep me from all wrong; I’ll be […]

witness

“We are free to choose how to go about sharing our faith with others, but our options and choices are never neutral. The methods we choose either embody or contradict the story we are seeking to share. Stories of Jesus are historical information. Beliefs about Jesus are personal convictions and opinions. Theologies of Jesus are […]

outtakes

on a life that pursues the pattern of Jesus…… “The kingdom of heaven is worth infinitely more than the cost of discipleship, and those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything else to secure it.” DA Carson “We tend to give an unbeliever just enough of the gospel to get him or her […]

‘eido’

This is all about feeling. Today’s Trinity 10 reading at the end of Luke 19 is a ripper. It’s full of challenge. The City was heavy with expectancy. The air was anxious awaiting the coming of Messiah – the deliverance of God. Isaiah had said a king would reign in righteousness – God’s king. Hope […]

invited

Consider the fruitfulness of the movement that Jesus initiated more than 2,000 years ago. It was grueling and physical. He was no ivory tower intellectual, dispensing wisdom from a safe distance. He was right in the mess of our struggles. Fully present in  the beautiful fragility of our humanity. He taught people, fed, touched and healed […]

simply Jesus

The second half of Luke 4 is quite something. It’s abrupt, uneasy and challenging. I brought this passage to our lunchtime congregation, unpacking verses 14-30. Here’s some of what I think I said. Here is Jesus at his uncontainable provocative best. Nazareth moves from welcoming the popular, to rejecting, to outright attacking-wrong. A good start ends very badly. […]

seeking the prototype

I tweeted more about this book than most! Here’s a fuller review……. God named Jesus, His beloved and Jesus believed. Jonathan Martin writes out of the overflow of this foundational truth. For identity is key. You and I are invited to defy fear, woundedness and apathy, in this startling and faithful repainting of what it […]

imitating Jesus

and John Wimber’s take on it…. “Our passion is to imitate the ministry of Jesus in the power of the Spirit. This requires we must follow Jesus out of baptismal waters, through our personal deserts, and into the harvest. We want to take the ammunition of the balanced evangelical theology with the fire power of […]

153 fish before breakfast….

Jesus in John 21, tells us of his interactions with the disciples. What results is a miraculous parable, a calling, a future, and a mission. 1. Go with what Jesus says. Hear and obey……yes, Listen for Jesus and obey!  2. We meet God when we come to the end of our resources. My way often produces […]

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