five on Friday

By |2015-03-12T23:14:20+00:00March 20th, 2015|church life, discipleship, faith, fun, leadership, personal, theology|

"Most churches have not developed a good way of combining spiritual formation with missional living. That’s a capacity issue. It’s one thing to want to see your people move forward; it’s another to have the calling to actually move them forward. As the leader, you may be gifted to move into this personally, but if you don’t have a plan to baby step your people forward, your capacity is limited." Hugh Halter 1 Nine marks of an unhealthy church. DeYoung on a great list here. 2 Ways to alienate strangers from your local church. As if ideas are needed. 3 Kierkegaard's [...]

Santa & Jesus

By |2012-12-26T17:18:35+00:00December 24th, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

meet in an urban ryhmn via Glen Scrivener on youtube Top class and well worth reflecting..... Greg Boyd's Marshmall0w-advent talk excerpt, some Threads Christmas goodness, Coldplay - Christmas Lights recording which is a personal favourite, cult-favourite Pedro: Napoleon Dynamite Dances To Michael W. Smith, yes indeed: visual goodness and the giggles from Talladega Nights movie: Baby Jesus Prayer!

the tragic gap

By |2012-06-06T12:05:21+00:00June 6th, 2012|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

I recently watched this brilliant video (anything with Parker Palmer is just great!) Here were the three questions that I've wrestled with since… (1) When your life gets out of balance, do you usually swing to damaging cynicism or escapist idealism? (2) What circumstances or decisions tend to push you in this direction? (3) What practices help you stay grounded, standing in 'the tragic gap?' This tragic gap is such a beautifully simple, yet profoundly difficult tension to live in. But as Palmer says, giving in to either extreme “takes you right out of the game”. Any thoughts?