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“When I cannot understand my Father’s leading, And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate, Still I hear that gentle whisper ever pleading, God is working, God is faithful—Only wait.” A.B. Simpson 1 How to spot a manipulative leader……. explored. 2 Too busy to love? Chloe offers a beefy challenge here. 3 The four horsemen of criticism […]

five on Friday

“Envy is one of the great enemies of active spirituality.  It keeps us from loving our neighbours, from functioning with others in community, and from affirming people’s unique worth.  It also steals contentment from the heart.  Is there anything or anyone you are envious of?” Charles R. Swindoll 1 In Real Life…..the best kind, that is! […]

5 of Peterson

So here’s five more quotes, from one of my favourite Pastor mentors. The wise, inimitable and gracious Eugene Peterson. You know the drill……here goes. 1. “The mature Christian life involves a congruence of grace and work.” 2. “Christian faith is not neurotic dependency but childlike trust. We do not have a God who forever indulges our […]

*the home stretch

Looking for somewhere to live has been a journey and a half. But the end, I think, is almost in sight. Our pressured search for home and community, which I’ve reflected on elsewhere, has prompted all sorts of questions about comfort, sacrifice and wisdom in making life-style choices in our here and now. We’ve felt […]


This image was taken early this September in a small mountain-top chapel in Macedonia, one of the northern-most regions of Greece. Mountains are of course traditional places to meet with God, and outside the chapel the incredible view of the sun setting over the surrounding landscape was certainly awe-inspring. However, this mirror inside – a […]


“The Spider A noiseless patient spider, I mark’d where on a little promontory It stood isolated. How to explore The vacant vast surrounding. It launched forth Filament, filament, filament. Out of itself. Ever unreeling them. Ever tirelessly speeding them. And you, O my soul Where you stand, Surrounded, detach’d In measureless oceans of space. Ceaselessly […]

more books…

from quarter three, 2013. For there’s nothing like the company of a worn book with markings, folds and scribbled Here’s the list, with my favourites bolded….. 1. Freefall to fly, Rebecca Lyon. 200. 2. Practising the presence of people, Mike Mason, 272. 3. Learning to dream again, Sam Wells. 216. 4. Shelf Life, Simon Parke. […]

five on Friday

Go on…..take a rest I say……For you rarely meet someone, over-rested!  As Jesus said it, “Come to me all of you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” And remembering these words from Ian McLaren, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  1 Ways to spot spiritual abuse. Mary […]

five on Friday

“Optimism does not come from us, but because to us and to all people Jesus comes and says “Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid”.  We are called to step out of the comfort of our own traditions and places, and go into the waves, reaching for the hand of Christ.  Let us […]

conference takeaways

Though I’m not at the Willow Creek, Global Leadership Summit I’ve often appreciated their input. Here’s some snippets and appreciated best-bits already from these sessions last week in Chicago. Here too is a three minute video clip of the best bits! from Andy Stanley “The local church is the activity of God here on earth.” “When […]

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