Changes ahead…

By |2017-10-17T17:18:23+00:00September 15th, 2017|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random|

It's a bittersweet day as this morning we announced news that I've been offered, and accepted the invitation to serve as the next Vicar of Swanley and Hextable in Rochester Diocese. This will mean a move for us, leaving the wonderful people of Emmanuel Church, Northwood and the wider community here, to lead and serve in mission and discipleship there. Just as God very graciously guided us purposefully to Emmanuel in 2014, so we trust His hand in this detail. It is a bittersweet announcement. Leaving Emmanuel and the wider community will be painful yet the season and circumstances invite [...]

words about God

By |2017-06-10T16:51:46+00:00June 10th, 2017|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

Eugene Peterson serves up another treat in his newest title. This forty-nine part delight directs us to lives of congruence and fruitfulness as disciples of Christ. These forty-nine chapters are former sermons gathered around the writings of key bible leaders. The shape and flow of these are measured, weighty and inspiring. Peterson’s gift is wisely weighted words. This book drips with wisdom and is full of life. His heartbeat for the gospel is gently and winsomely proclaimed, “Always and everywhere in Scripture our attention is brought back to the central fact: God is a person; God makes persons; God remakes [...]

God’s Beloved

By |2017-01-14T20:43:19+00:00January 9th, 2017|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random, theology|

During last Sunday’s talk from Luke 3 we saw that after Jesus is baptised and at prayer, the Holy Spirit descends upon Him and the Heavenly Father declares Him to be his Son as well as Servant. “Heaven was opened.” The baptism opens communication with heaven, that is, with God. Being earthbound is no longer a barrier. This is why faith in Jesus is so beautifully important. As God’s children we have instant access to him and his grace. Jesus underwent baptism not because he sinned, as we do, and needed forgiveness, but because he identified so much with us [...]

favourites

By |2017-01-03T11:57:55+00:00October 29th, 2016|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

God's graciously challenging me.... Im know Gods tenderness in this. Seeing this cohort of Alpha guests journey with Jesus is humbling It's been a decent coffee week too! Praise be..... Seeing heaps of new possibilities in our community, in all sorts of way. Amen. Walking through suffering and pain yet with hope is the grit of pastoral life. Greater and deeper reading at the moment. More Lord! Adding six more people to home group life in the last ten days is another kick! Jacobs story and his complex trickster ways continues to help our church family. I'm still hungry for a bigger [...]

one-to-one

By |2016-06-11T21:08:30+00:00June 11th, 2016|church life, discipleship, faith, fun, leadership, personal, theology|

Alongside and distinct from growing homegroups I've been so encouraged by increased life-on-life discipleship. We're nurturing that in triplets and they're motoring! New combinations, unlikely combinations and kingdom combinations are popping up in surprising ways. Here's why I think they matter.... Up-close discipleship invites everyone to bear his or her weight. It nurtures self-leadership and growth in accountable ways. We want what God desires in his church, and that's spectators! Spiritual health comes through hunger and engagement. And simply put, prayer takes us to a pure place. Passive consummation and low-level silliness are diminished, when we sit with others and [...]

five

By |2016-06-09T14:53:28+00:00May 27th, 2016|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

another clutch of favourite reads and these sage words from Thomas a Kempis, "Let this be thy whole endeavour, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only." 1 James KA Smith and his remarkable cultural exegesis 2 A kindled heart and other preaching counsel from Kevin De Young 3 Leading for the love of Jesus, and regularly checking motivation! 4 Marriage and being that 'right person'?  5 Searing social media challenges and when to walk away

suffering…

By |2016-06-08T13:42:55+00:00April 20th, 2016|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

In all of our joys Christ is better and in all of our sufferings Christ is enough! or as Tim Keller would say, "there's not shelter apart from God. We must continue to trust in Him because all other 'shelters' will prove to be places of greater danger. There is no other place to go. He has the words of eternal life."  And so in our preaching we've felt we should look straight there.... For even in the face of suffering and struggle.... for it's where we can grow most in our confidence about Christ, about the long arc of God's [...]

advent

By |2015-12-29T19:35:59+00:00December 6th, 2015|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

I've seriously loved the journey towards Christmas this year more than most. I've discovered in a new deeper and fuller way. Having to preach our Advent Carol Service and then having designed our Resource Night to lean into this, means I *really looked up close. People have agitated me to post my best take-aways from my thinking about this, this year......So here goes! My advent manifesto is best captured as, 'ready, steady,.....wait!' Each year, during the season of Advent, the church sets off on a journey. We begin to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ-child, so that this [...]

five on Friday

By |2015-03-25T21:40:49+00:00March 27th, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

“Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.” N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope 1 Ten joy stealers in pastoral ministry. Indeed.  2 The church of TED. Yes because..... 3 Seven habits of pastors that matter for the kingdom. So helpful.  4 When we're feeling prayerless, what Piper sugguests we do. 5 Ministry diagnostics and some insight from Nancy Ortberg

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