"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 [...]
Here's some of my summer reading sugguestions in the light of Krish's provocation. Desiring the Kingdom by JB Smith, is long overdue. Lots of pals have recommended it. And I have so loved his Good and Beautiful trilogy. Forty ways to look at Winston Churchill by Gretchin Rubin. Well simply because everything Rubin writes is worth reading. Insight, pace and brilliance, so am looking forward to this one. The Fabric of faithfulness, by Steven Garber. Belief and behaviour woven here, and it's a important looking IVP title. Cant wait to rummage with the big ideas of this. Do / Purpose by David Hieatt, as [...]
From the brilliant AW Tozer, "What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him." 1 Alan Fadling's Unhurried Life video story from his new book, that I've been enjoying this week. 2 Eighteen things creative people do differently:- as 'imaginative people have messier minds.' 3 “Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance...."Challies on having all the time you need! and JD Grear's four helps [...]
"God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step." CS Lewis 1 Ten places to look for God at the start of this year. Great article. 2 So “How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge?”...this and other classic interview [...]
"We were never told that it would not hurt, only that nothing would ever finally go wrong; not that it would not often go hard with us but that there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” Robert Farrar Capon 1 Space, stillness and meaningful work, in our social media age.....explored really well here. 2 Words, books and loss. A great read. 3 Margaret Feinberg on resolutions worth keeping and Michael Hyatt on where goal-setting goes wrong. 4 Fourteen habits of highly miserable people, just saying..... 5 The utterly insane and sadly terminal Darwin awards for 2013, here! and estate-agent genius here!
"I have come to believe that there are large gospel purposes, grace-hidden as it were, within the smallest almost overlooked corners of our lives, torn and lovely as they are." Zack Eswine 1 Whether Christmas makes your cry or celebrate - here's Relevant's take on how to best enjoy Christmas. 2 Twelve habits of highly ineffective people - outlined here! 3 Being real, and not toppling..... Authenticity in ministry. 4 Giles Fraser compellingly on Christmas cards and social media. 5 Twenty of the most important things you should know about your church.
"Sometimes it’s hard to see Jesus… our images of him may come from storybooks, bumper stickers, or theological words we hardly understand. In many ways, Christians have domesticated Jesus, taming him to fit our culture and time." Donald Kraybill 1 "To make a difference, we must be different." Detail around evangelical difference and why God is Father. 2 Ten things any church leader needs to hear often. Fulcrum article. 3 A heartbreaking and very recognisable ministry wife scenario here. 4 Engagement photo giggles, Bookish dillemma's and middle-class twitter complaints! 5 Clergy emotion, while trying to be about inspiration and gospel faithfulness.
"Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight." Joan Chittister 1 Six toxic habits and more than a little challenge 2 The false promises of Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, described here. 3 Epic church signage failures,.....go on have a giggle! 4 Choosing to be formidable, according to Seth Godin 5 Contemplation revisited by Brian Zahnd. For "we either gain new perspectives or we forever look at the world the same way."
Suffering helps us to learn God's way of living is best, suffering helps us distinguish our motives, suffering helps keep us from pride, suffering often changes our ambitions and suffering can reveal our idols, which enables us to find God. It's all good, even if it's not all altogether comfortable! 1 Possibly Donald Miller's best ever blog! 5 angles on Jesus 2 Two hundred calories can look so very different! Photos here: I'm one for a chunky kit-kat. 3 Katherine Welby's brilliant expose of fear here. "I shall commit to learning how to live fearlessly!" 4 Eugene Cho's helpful blog about [...]
"Optimism does not come from us, but because to us and to all people Jesus comes and says “Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid”. We are called to step out of the comfort of our own traditions and places, and go into the waves, reaching for the hand of Christ. Let us provoke each other to heed the call of Christ, to be clear in our declaration of Christ, committed in prayer to Christ, and we will see a world transformed." ++Justin 1 The spiritual disciplines of the puritan Jonathan Edwards 2 "Don’t be trapped by dogma" [...]