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Here’s some new finds I’m enjoying this week…… John 15 again and again, with Richard’s brilliant new blog arrival: Seasoned with Grace. Kester Brewin’s free-access provocative new book, Mutiny Jon Thurlow’s IHOP infused worship sounds: a bunch of tracks here Time-use and productivity, in a new landscape. A few articles worth a look. Creative goodness […]

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“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 labor and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, […]


Altrogge has a knack with words. But more that this. This is a beautiful description of life with God. A generous serving of gospel delight. Here is a glorious vision of Jesus. Stephen Altrogge clearly believes that it’s a crime to bore people with Jesus, despite this being our cultural default. Myths are deconstructed, unreality and error are […]

five on Friday

“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 […]

five on Friday

“To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss. The great symbol of Christianity means sacrifice and no one who calls himself a Christian can evade this stark fact.” Elisabeth Elliot 1 Ron Edmondson on the myth of being a pastor. 2 […]

five on Friday

“We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God.” Max Lucado 1 Pixar’s inimitable 22-rules of storytelling, detailed here.  2 Don’t let your to-do lists require too much of you. Let freedom […]

five on Friday

Catherine Fox wrote: “The Biblical images to describe the work of the Spirit – fire, mighty rushing wind and flood. These are exactly the sorts of things we pay to insure ourselves against!” 1 Adulthood is choosing maturity over immaturity……for “if your life doesn’t revolve around glorifying God, then your adulthood won’t be all it […]

five on Friday

“To all my non-believing, sort-of-believing, and used-to-be-believing friends: I feel like I should begin with a confession. I am sorry that so often the biggest obstacle to God has been Christians.” Shane Claiborne 1 TED talk brilliance on rest and renewal. Great stuff. 2 These got lost in translation. Have a giggle! 3 Shockingly….Jesus didn’t […]

more books…

from quarter three, 2013. For there’s nothing like the company of a worn book with markings, folds and scribbled Here’s the list, with my favourites bolded….. 1. Freefall to fly, Rebecca Lyon. 200. 2. Practising the presence of people, Mike Mason, 272. 3. Learning to dream again, Sam Wells. 216. 4. Shelf Life, Simon Parke. […]


Packing Light is a new release title from Allison Vesterfelt. This is a powerful travel memoir full of restlessness, soul and spirit. The road is the journey, and this is where the real joy is found. It’s heartfelt, warm and full of wisdom. Her meandering voice is worthy companionship in this fifty-state journey. Vesterfelt’s handling […]

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