living for Christ?

By |2017-01-03T12:44:01+00:00January 1st, 2017|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

Some outtakes or summary from Sunday’s talk with our church family……. From the brilliance of Jonathan Edwards – the puritan, not the triple-jumper! As a young adult mid 1800's – Jonathan Edwards set down on paper a series of thoughts and practices to help cultivate growth in grace. These resolutions are immense, and Edwards would re-read this list at least once a week to keep his mind focused and renewed. The result: A man of humble godliness, who was to become a significant spark used to ignite one of the greatest revivals known to history. Even many unbelieving scholars admit Edwards may [...]

Life of the Beloved

By |2014-09-17T15:59:23+00:00September 17th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

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 loves first. Love and wounds are never separate. Our 'chosen-ness' is for the sake of others! Dare to put your brokenness under the blessing of God. Suffer and so enter the blessing of God. It's not easy, but this is the call. 'Where in my [...]

word

By |2013-12-18T14:01:59+00:00December 24th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

The pattern of Christmas Eve brings us close again to the beauty and mystery of John 1 v 1-14. For ‘in the beginning was the Word.’ In the beginning was communication. God's unspoilt desire that we might know each other. God is always in communion. Three in one, infinite and personal ; sharing in love and in the joy of creation. Welcoming, vulnerable, loving…….God. The Word is made flesh and lives with us. Here. If you have been sold a dream of Christmas, you haven’t heard the whole story. The Word is eternally God. The Word is equally God. The [...]

pressies!

By |2013-12-18T13:33:01+00:00December 19th, 2013|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

Gift giving this Christmas. Yep that was the unoriginal theme I explored! This was my offering this year in our school festival. The theme of Christmas gift-giving for me corners on the Luke 2 v 11 scripture:- “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” In the announcement of the angels telling the shepherds there are at least three things about the baby Jesus. 1. It’s just what we were hoping for. 2. It’s more than we were expecting. 3. It’s just what we need. God is King, Lord and [...]

Advent 3

By |2013-12-14T22:52:56+00:00December 15th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

Increasingly I love a decent written-down prayer! I’m drawn to the repeated challenge of the Psalms. And Psalm 146 is part of our lot today. Like many of the Psalms around, it offers the unavoidable words of invitation:- “Praise the Lord!” Praising God is more than just thanking God. It’s adoration of who He is. We are called back to what all too easily forgotten in our lives. Anyhow, here’s the outline that I’m preaching today. Here’s what I believe Psalm 146 offers for us:- Life means praising God (see verse 1–2) Life means trusting God (see verse 3–6) Life [...]

Advent 1

By |2013-11-30T11:25:35+00:00December 1st, 2013|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

Today this finds us in Matthew 21 v 1-11 Here's my advent talk outline. Here we have a donkey. Really nothing more grand?! The first truly public acknowledgment of Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah and He comes, as anticipated in a way that seems, frankly, a little bit silly. If God can use a stinky little donkey in the triumphant fulfilment of His incarnation plan then there’s encouragement for us concerning God’s plan for you and I. Wider than this…..what might the learning be? 1. Selected By plans long previously made, and now accurately fulfilled. John 15 v 16, Ephesians 2 [...]

….who He uses!

By |2012-11-04T16:37:33+00:00November 1st, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random, theology|

some notes.....from a talk I gave last week: click-for-a-better-viewing....... and from Steve Addison's primal-and-ultra-challenging: Movements that change the world  “God takes the initiative and chooses unlikely people, far from the centre of ecclesiastical power. He works to remake them from the inside out. He inspires innovative insights regarding his mission and how it is to be carried out. Biblical truths and practices are rediscovered. A growing band of ordinary people emerges who have a heartfelt faith and missionary zeal that knows no bounds. Despite opposition from powerful forces within society and the existing church, the gospel spreads into unreached fields. The [...]

Christlikeness

By |2012-10-21T13:14:39+00:00October 21st, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

1 JOHN 3v2 is where we're at this morning. Here's the outline, as part of our ‘Radical Disciple’ series vitally, rooted in God’s love, & responding to God’s love! But in the image & likeness of what? Genesis 1v26 Ephesians 4:22, Matthew 5, Galatians 5 & 1 Corinthians 13. I. OUR LIFE a godly pattern. 1 John 3: 3, 2 Corinthians 3: 18, Psalm19:14 sin and struggle not the norm. II. OUR LOVE love should be the motivator of our lives. hatred is the antithesis of all that Jesus is. love determines a person’s actions. 1 John 3: 18 III. OUR LOYALTY [...]