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saturate

Being disciples of Jesus in the everyday stuff of life is the call to all healthy followers of Jesus. Regrettably, many Christians have unwittingly embraced the practice of church as a once-a-week event rather than a community of Holy-Spirit-empowered people; that ‘ministry’ is done by some on Sunday, rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and […]

seasonal inspiration

“Give up for a while your false and failing attempts at merriment, and thank God for thin places, and for Advent, for a season that understands longing and loneliness and long nights. Let yourself fall open to Advent, to anticipation, to the belief that what is empty will be filled, what is broken will be […]

advent

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 […]

palm sunday

“And you shall take to you on the first day the fruits of the fairest tree, and branches of palm trees, and boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook: And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 23:40 “Jesus found a donkey and sat upon it, as Scripture says: Do […]

today

sees us clamour a little……. My heroically lovely sister claims more of the *green than me!! My passport says British, like hers but we’re never going to get tribal in the kingdom of God, but on St Patricks day, it’s always going to be colourful and predictable on social media. Lincoln said it earliest and […]

funnies…..

Lines from others in the last few days. Who says life is boring….?! ‘The Holy Spirit often likes to turn up and say boo!’ From a vicar friend, “Stalk me on Facebook but don’t look me up on Crockfords!” Have we become more salt and vinegar, than salt and light people? Nobody actually eats welsh […]

starting….

So what’s the first thing you think about when you wake up? Do you have thoughts like: Oh great, another cold day. The volume of the children……this early! I have to meet with that awkward colleague today. I struggle with………. I am so tired. I need coffee! And now. The thoughts we begin the day with can so easily […]

prayer

Another newbie from Tim Keller’s prolific penmanship or more likely the laptop! Here’s some of the best take-away quotes from his invitation to experience awe and intimacy with God. “Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, […]

Life of the Beloved

Henri Nouwen writes potently…..Perhaps like me you’ve never heard or seen him speak, then let me forward the invite of a dear friend, to watch & listen here. It’s an eight-parter: but utterly worth it.  Here are some of the most striking bits for me! The voice that calls you ‘beloved’ us the voice that […]

five on Friday

“In periods of rapid personal change, we pass through life as though we are spellcast. We speak in sentences that end before finishing. We sleep heavily because we need to ask so many questions as we dream alone. We bump into others and feel bashful at recognizing souls so similar to ourselves.” Douglas Coupland, in Shampoo Planet. 1 […]

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