sent

By |2014-08-01T13:52:49+00:00August 4th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

In any creative enterprise there are risks, and false-starts resulting in glorious and rare fruit, often unseen elsewhere. Manchester has known the gift of the Message Trust, and God's honour has been seen in the mix of this gritty, consistent movement of changed lives. The unrelenting faith of a life sent on purpose is portrayed in inspiring terms here. The parallel pathway of Isaiah and northern mission finds rootedness in the pursuit of God, holiness, service and transformation in this world. Scripture, stories, creativity and journal space give this new title and range of publications, lots of capacity to inspire ongoing [...]

good work

By |2014-07-27T12:58:34+00:00July 22nd, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Christian scripture gives us hope for all of life. For all of our lives including our workplaces, despite frustration, they are to be places of formative spiritual hope in the face of pursuing vocation in this world. So here Keller considers the nature of work, how sin messes up work, and how the gospel of Jesus Christ relates to work. Everyone has the experience of imagining accomplishing things but being incapable of producing them. Without God, all our best will never measure up, but with God our work can be part of bringing about the future healed world. While others have written more [...]

Transformation, not substitution.

By |2013-05-09T13:45:40+00:00May 9th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, theology|

I was grabbed by the John 16 v 23-30 reading from last weekends lectionary. I love the plain speaking of Jesus about His Father. It’s so helpful here to see how our Heavenly Father answers joyfully……and how He provides lovingly. I spoke about how God brings joy to our lives, not by substitution, but by transformation. Just as a young mother giving birth. The arrival of the child sees immense pain, giving way to great delight. In birth, God does not substitute something else to relieve the mother’s pain. Instead what is there already is transformed. Every parent knows what it [...]

wonderstruck?

By |2013-01-11T16:12:02+00:00January 21st, 2013|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Margaret Feinberg is a writer well-worth reading....here's a paragraph from her newest work: Wonderstruck. “The wondrous calling of God on our lives is to become conduits of a holy replenishment. As children of God, we’re meant to live on high alert, watching for the possibility of divine restoration in the lives of those around us. We’re called to look where no signs of life are found, where others dismiss its possibility. And we’re invited to speak life—words of encouragement, hope, and peace that embody the goodness of God—whenever possible.”

charts rarely move me

By |2012-09-30T21:41:42+00:00October 3rd, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

....to tears but this one did! just, what did we do? what happened.....my heart screams, why did this have to happen!? “If the gospel is about transformation, how is it that two thousand years of proclamation have had so little effect? How is it that the gospel of Jesus Christ, so far from producing radical change, has instead become a cloak for avarice and arrogance, for a willful deafness to the cry of the poor and of the earth itself?” Theodore Jennings Jr These horrific, downward, statistical nose-dives represent hundreds and thousands of precious lives, lost to the cause of Christ [...]

7 things I’m learning about fear

By |2012-08-30T15:52:43+00:00September 8th, 2012|coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, Uncategorized|

in all sorts of ways, in all sorts of contexts, with all sorts of people...... 1. Don’t fear failing. Fear is not obeying. 2. Fear is a trickster. No-where and no-one on earth is beyond the reach of God. 3. All fear is but the notion that God’s love has an expiry date.  4. Your fears don’t decide your fate — your fears attack your faith. 5. We must do that which we know we cannot,......to prove that it’s our God who cannot fail! 6. Everything your Father has for you, is often over the fence of fear. Let God direct your life. 7. [...]

the brilliance of Aslans rule

By |2012-08-24T16:08:15+00:00August 20th, 2012|discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

++Rowan Williams, The Lions World: 5 stars. Clarity and creativity are fused with imagination and interpretation in this sweep of Narnia. Rowan William’s insight & writing are majestic. There is freshness and warmth to the underbelly of this beautiful new work. The lightness of touch must not disguise the depth of incision, with a poetic and gracious twist:- "Being told your story doesn't compel your assent!" Themes are movingly gathered and wisely explored here. In The Lion’s World, Aslan is taken as an orthodox read-across from Jesus. The depiction of Aslan the Lion lets us sense afresh “what the experience [...]

imitating Jesus….

By |2012-08-14T16:56:17+00:00August 16th, 2012|coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

....here are some of the buzz-group threads from the last couple of days........ great stuff..... ...anything that cheers on more depth and health in God, has gotta be good! “Many churches equate discipleship with knowledge…The essence of discipleship is transformation not information.” “From Judas we learn that knowledge about Christ alone does not result in true discipleship.” “Leading a ministry that approaches discipleship as merely information and not repentance devalues discipleship and denies the power of the gospel.” “If a church views discipleship as merely tweaking behavior, then their work is contrary to the content of the gospel and the [...]

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