five on Friday

By |2015-01-03T18:07:11+00:00January 9th, 2015|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, random, theology|

"The church, which is a kingdom fellowship under King Jesus, counters each of these stories with the story of new creation that becomes possible through the power of the Spirit and the life of Jesus. Kingdom creates a family called a church." Scot McKnight 1 Eight killers of momentum and motivation. Ron's insight.  2 Creativity's worst enemy: "Creators carry with them the scars from cynic’s attacks, wounds that are healed because of grace." 3 Corderio's Dead Leader Walking video footage.  4 Thom Rainer's insights as to what may happen in the church this year. 5 Tim Chester's blog on the puritan [...]

gains

By |2014-07-31T18:47:21+00:00July 31st, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

I've still not got my head around the most intensive rummage I've had with the book of Galatians. This was a rare and helpful in-depth study last week. There were helpful detailed blog summaries from Robin Ham in particular. And on the last morning Douglas Moo offered the briefest and best application of Galatians for practical pastoral ministry. He offered these headlines from a crumpled lined page of foolscap and I found these some of the most compelling insights. For scripture comes alive in application with real people and real need. Here's what I scribbled down:- This is an important theological book offering [...]

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 [...]

iDisciple impact

By |2013-02-15T09:21:03+00:00February 8th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

Here's some of the things that have stuck from a couple of dense conference days earlier this week. I spent my training budget on attending iDisciple and got stirred up on many things! Simon Benham, Sue Ranger and the wider team on behalf of Willow Creek UK served us really well at Kerith Community Church. I made scribbles here, here, here, here, and here! But rather than the masses, here's the best bits that are still running around my head!  Depth over quantity! Banish or redefine success; its either influential or institutional!? The priority and power of the few, invested and nurtured:- the cause of whole-life discipleship Would I want true friends to encounter Christ at the [...]