grace

By |2014-04-17T07:58:34+00:00April 20th, 2014|church life, discipleship, leadership, theology, Uncategorized|

again and again..... the unavoidable goodness of grace seen another way....... “The nuns taught us there were two ways through life – the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow. Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things. The nuns [...]

Noah

By |2014-04-04T22:19:37+00:00April 4th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

So this afternoon we discovered our local independent cinema and spent part of our day-off with Aronofsky's Noah. Noah is an ambitious piece, set initially in a scorched, desolate post-apocalyptic world. Think very flat, low budget, Mordor country. There are some bold and ingenious script moments, but also some flat, unhelpfully slow and disappointing cul de sacs. The growl of Ray Winston's character baying, "don't be afraid!" is engaging from beginning to end. The brilliance of Jennifer Connelly articulating the struggle and bargaining pain of Mrs Noah is centre piece. The journey of the sons into their directed pathways and consequences [...]

from Les Misérables

By |2013-01-19T22:36:14+00:00January 14th, 2013|discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

comes a most beautiful gospel telling. Indeed, few works of art better express the central Christian message of the redemptive power of forgiveness and sacrificial love. Not that I've seen the movie, not just yet....but having loved the book and the musical........here are some of my favourite quotes. *Free on Kindle right now! Julie Rose’s translation of Les Miserables is the one I've always preferred. Here are my favourite bits from the book: “He did not study God, he was dazzled by Him.” p48 On the virtuous: “Their lives have a sequel.” p153 “Good thoughts have their bottomless pits just as bad ones do.” [...]