Yep a stupid amount of delay.... "Ministry to broken people is messy. And there’s no more beautiful ministry to be involved in! In fact, we leaders, we teachers, we pastors need it way more than we’re willing to admit. It’s the best way to extend the ministry of Jesus through the church as we “bind up the brokenhearted.” Brandon Cox 1 A big five theological influences? 2 Healthy emotional engagement matters 3 Learning leadership from Leicester City FC 4 Bono and Eugene Peterson talking the Psalms! 5 Disciple making culture....and progress?
“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.” Brennan Manning 1 [...]
"The really important thing in life is not the avoidance of mistakes, but the obedience of faith. By obedience, the man is led step by step to correct his errors, whereas nothing will ever happen to him if he doesn’t get going." Paul Tournier 1 Gospel beauty and us getting in the way. 2 "There’s nothing more Christlike than challenging the Church to be more......" Don't ever be giving up on the church. 3 Taylor Swift, Mike Breen and mission explored. 4 Spurgeons sorrows and living with a heavy heart. 5 Meditating on these phrases from Jesus has done me such [...]
From The Tangible Kingdom, by Hugh Halter. "The incarnational big-story gospel will require a place of discovery, where people will be able to see the truth before they hear about it. This place will not be a location but a community of people who are inclusive of everyone. These people will be making eternity attractive by how they live such selfless lives now, and will be modelling life in a New Kingdom in ways that will make it easy for other people to give it a try. People like this aren’t desperate to convert everyone; they are desperate to be like [...]
"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 [...]
"Come in your gentle fury that shakes the desert, flashes forth flames of fire, yet does not break the bruised reed nor quench the faintly burning wick. Come, Lord, and dismantle all my defences." Chloe Lynch 1 Kodak and the local church. Mission, mis-reading the situation and loss to mention a few.... 2 The most engaging response to the words of Stephen Fry. 3 One of of my all time favourite books: Leading with a limp, reviewed. 4 Perfectionism has it's fruit. Smallness and weakness is more than ok! 5 Learning how others handle their weeks. Much of interest in ministry patterns.
"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.
"The Christian mission was not directed merely at centres of power. It was consciously aimed at the common people, and the ideals of simplicity and humility were never far from the minds of those who had to propagate their faith....." Henry Chadwick, The Early Church
"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 [...]
“If we're going to impact our world in the name of Jesus, it will be because people like you and me took action in the power of the Spirit. Ever since the mission and ministry of Jesus, God has never stopped calling for a movement of "Little Jesus's" to follow him into the world and unleash the remarkable redemptive genius that lies in the very message we carry. Given the situation of the Church in the West, much will now depend on whether we are willing to break out of a stifling herd instinct and find God again in the context of the [...]