"If you're not outmatched by the task and desperate for His power, the water you're standing in might be too shallow." Louie Giglio 1 Functional unbelief is a dynamic near to us all. Worth engaging with. 2 Despite much persuasion from Julie, I'm not a kindle-man. Michael offers comment! 3 Gender, leadership and the church, David Capener's take. 4 Four rings: brilliantly composed here. Important stuff. 5 Perspectives from the pew, for those who preach!
"God in heaven – guardian of my heart, my fingers are aching from my attempts to play the right notes. My feet are tired from walking a path for which my shoes do not always feel adequate. I’ve been busy examining my faith and wondering if it is big enough – but of course faith is not supposed to look at itself at all, but towards something else. Someone who is more than big enough, greater than all my uncertainty and weariness. You are my sustainer, you alone. I fix my eyes not on my fingers or my feet, not [...]
Today’s gospel reading is from Matthew 15 v 29-39. It’s the intriguing and lesser known feeding of the four thousand. With lots that is distinctive and inspiring. It's challenged me again about the trustworthiness of God's word. It's called me back to God's heart for difference, outsider and those not inclined to our way of thinking. Jesus brings a unique welcome, capacity and love. This is an invitation to encounter the compassion and miraculous power of Jesus today. Jesus displaying practical love and commitment to all people groups. Anticipation meets compassion. Need finds provision. Unbelief gets challenged. Confidence in God [...]