“Cowards live for the sake of living, but for heroes, life is a weapon, a thing to be spent, a gift to be given to the weak and the lost and the weary, even to the foolish and the cowardly” Empire of Bones by N D Wilson 1 Dark nights provoke dark questions. The care of the soul matters. 2 Fiction writing that will shape your theology. A great list here. 3 Questions that lead us well to Easter Day. Provocative stuff. 4 Confessions of flawed pastoral leadership. Wise stuff. 5 Seven things that keep life simple. Helpfully so!
Pauls words.... "I am afraid that ..........your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:3 The main thing about following Jesus is to see that the main thing remains the main thing. That is what Paul is saying. The main thing is simple, uncluttered commitment to Christ. I have noticed over a few years of observation that when faith becomes complicated, it is always a sign that it is drifting away from the reality of faith. The world around us is getting evermore complex, and it is because it is drifting farther [...]
Jesus, I can’t live the Christian life without you, in my own strength. I surrender. I give up. Please forgive me. Empower me to love You, my family, my colleagues and my friends well. Work through me. Do new things. Have your way in my life, for I want that above all things. Amen.
So many times, and in so many ways we make it difficult....... When the first disciples chose to follow Jesus, they didn’t understand all the implications of their decision. They simply responded to Jesus’ invitation. That’s all you need to get started: Decide to become a disciple. Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Your commitments can develop you or they can destroy you, but either way they will define you. Tell me what you are committed to, and I’ll tell you what you will be in twenty years. We become whatever we are committed [...]