"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma." Ephesians 5 v 1-2 1 Don't be defined by what you're against: its about embracing Jesus! 2 A great summary of the themes of Dallas Willard's life and legacy. 3 "The Spirit is like a bird, fragile alloy of heaven" Spirit break out....... 4 Don't be a practical atheist! Small things matter.... 5 If you don't plan your life.....someone else will? Focus!
"Why did Jesus Christ sacrifice himself to the point of death? Faith answers – to expiate for our sins. Why did he rise in such splendour? To show us the meaning of our redemption. In his death, we recall that we were dead because of sin. In his resurrection instead we have a perfect example of our resurrection in grace. Since Jesus Christ rose immortal to a life of glory, we must say with St. Paul that we too must rise immortal in the life of grace, firmly resolved to never again subject our souls to spiritual death." St Pio [...]
“Cowards live for the sake of living, but for heroes, life is a weapon, a thing to be spent, a gift to be given to the weak and the lost and the weary, even to the foolish and the cowardly” Empire of Bones by N D Wilson 1 Dark nights provoke dark questions. The care of the soul matters. 2 Fiction writing that will shape your theology. A great list here. 3 Questions that lead us well to Easter Day. Provocative stuff. 4 Confessions of flawed pastoral leadership. Wise stuff. 5 Seven things that keep life simple. Helpfully so!
“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened," He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.” From Brennan Manning's The [...]
"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 [...]
“Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.” AW Tozer, from The Pursuit of God. 1 Seven habits of highly effective mentors. Indeed. 2 David Hieatt's manifesto of the doer. Classic stuff. 3 Five things that cause us to drift spiritually....beware. 4 The five-isms of insecure leadership..... named and known! 5 "We have replaced the call to be conformed to Christ with a desire to be conformed to [...]
"Pay attention to the things that bring a tear to your eye or a lump in your throat because they are signs that the holy is drawing near." Frederick Buechner 1 Emma Scrivener's helpful Jesus prescription. Compelling and clear. 2 Five ways to kill your partner and ruin your marriage. Important stuff. 3 Advent searching....."Keep digging until you find you’ve dug deep into the heart of God." 4 David Fitch's reflections from around the table. Insightful. 5 A great grab of Alan Hirsch's missional thinking.... Worth watching.
"All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost." J.R.R. Tolkien 1 And if you don't burn for the church, don't lead a church. That's my take on a sparky write, earlier this week. 2 Milton Jones on faith, comedy & atheism. His ever brilliant self. 3 Moving to missional communities. Helpful insight with scaleable mission, passion and wisdom. A useful read. 4 Growth, mission & local transformation. Yes please...... Lecture inspiration from +Stephen. 5 Matt Valler's engagement with scripture [...]
"The spirit that is a healthy spirit is the spirit of an explorer: We are not terrified by the beyond, we are not too tired to seek what is ahead. The spirit that is really healthy knows that there is no future for us unless we set out into it wholeheartedly." John Main, in Fully Alive. 1 David Fitch's compelling call to stop compartmentalising our lives. Important stuff. 2 For even when we struggle He remains faithful. Beautifully captured & some of our greatest encouragement. 3 Sleep soundly please, for it matters. Michael Hyatt's best and how some of the famous [...]
“The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain. This is all God asks us to give our attention to and it is the one thing that is continually under attack." Oswald Chambers 1 I'm sure you've seen it: the 5-isms of insecure leadership. Indeed. 2 Five characteristics of incredibly resilient people. Yes indeed. 3 Guilt or joy,....it's a no-brainer right? Don Miller's take on this. 4 Five prayers that changed the world. Shakers.... 5 Start.....go on,..... be one of the rare 1%!