five on Friday

By |2014-07-26T14:17:33+00:00October 3rd, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

"Sanctification" does not mean to try to sin less and less until you magically stop sinning some day. It simply means to become more and more aware of who lives inside you until it automatically spills over into everything you do.So how about you and I become more  aware of who lives inside you? 1 Missional resources. Top class videos and other V3 goodies. 2 Six fear killing questions. Yep, 'if failure were not a possibility, what would you want your life to achieve?' This is one of the favourites I've often returned too. 3 Creative cover letter writing. Some inspiration [...]

twitching…

By |2014-08-01T15:34:38+00:00August 6th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

Being present, and being still, is a serious challenge. It's never more challenging to hold our ears to God in a bombarding culture. We can twitch more than think. We can consume more than consider. It's a uniquely distinct time in which we're to navigate what it might look like to be in this world, but not of it.  Here are six brilliant questions from Tony Reinke from an interesting interview with David Wells and Douglas Groothius reflecting on our 'socially' media driven-world. He offers these six questions to gauge how our iPhones are changing us! "Am I becoming like what I behold [...]

questions

By |2014-07-18T11:47:45+00:00July 21st, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

They are so often the pathway to life. Questions are the very best challenge whether on the giving or receiving end. Great questions create pathways and new life. Whether with friends, mentors or my spiritual director, I'm blessed by these. And I love to push out questions for those I get to serve. Yes, life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. And this Henri Nouwen gem adds insight into the mix. And so there's me, working with a bunch of great ministry leaders and these three questions emerged. And they're still [...]

10 lent questions….

By |2013-03-04T16:56:16+00:00March 6th, 2013|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random, theology|

from Rachel Held Evans,..... 10 Questions to Ask Yourself. 1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different? 2. Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbour as myself? How do I address that habit over the next 40 days? 3. Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness or pursue reconciliation? 4. What practical steps can I take to carve out time for daily contemplation? 5. What spiritual discipline do I need [...]

for reflection…

By |2013-01-11T19:44:37+00:00January 12th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

this epiphany.... Matthew 2 v 1-12. Questions for you, or your root group? 1 What is this epiphany season: 6th January through to 2nd February about for you? 2 What does the 900-mile journey of the Magi ask of you? 3 How are you going to grow in wisdom in the Holy Spirit? 4 Spacious living for you might look like what in 2013? 5 What focus is God impressing on you, in last few weeks? 

White’s, four great questions…

By |2012-09-25T22:54:09+00:00September 25th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, leadership, personal, theology|

....leadership questions from the brilliant James Emery White. timeless questions about changing and maturing in leadership..... 1. Where do I need to work harder? 2. Where do I need to work smarter? 3. Where am I operating primarily in the flesh? 4. Where am I simply not gifted? this is an epic blog-post and the diagrams are particularly worth reflection......

resilient life questions

By |2012-09-23T15:30:58+00:00September 24th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

In one of his most formative books, A Resilient Life, Gordon MacDonald suggests these questions about the kinds of people we have in our lives. Who are they, for you.....? Who coaches you? Who stretches your mind? Who listens to and encourages your dreams? Who will protect you? Who are those who share your tears? Who rebukes you? Who plays with you? Who seeks after God with you? .....worth an ask,...right?

15 great questions for pastoral leaders…

By |2012-06-08T10:45:07+00:00June 8th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

“I’m not the king. I’m only an ambassador for the King”. A great reminder from Paul Tripp, speaking to church leaders about the specifics of pastoral ministry. Share this goodness far and wide: Sit with these questions in silence and the searching light of God, the Holy Spirit. What claims the fear of my heart? What causes me to lack confidence and doubt God? What has the power to rob me of my resolve and to question my calling? Where does my heart wander when it’s free to wander? Am I in the way of what God is doing, or [...]

the tragic gap

By |2012-06-06T12:05:21+00:00June 6th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

I recently watched this brilliant video (anything with Parker Palmer is just great!) Here were the three questions that I've wrestled with since… (1) When your life gets out of balance, do you usually swing to damaging cynicism or escapist idealism? (2) What circumstances or decisions tend to push you in this direction? (3) What practices help you stay grounded, standing in 'the tragic gap?' This tragic gap is such a beautifully simple, yet profoundly difficult tension to live in. But as Palmer says, giving in to either extreme “takes you right out of the game”. Any thoughts?