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By |2014-06-19T09:05:30+00:00June 19th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

Some things from the life of Jesus, from my rummage in the gospels this week. Four things, not a preach here. Just an intriguing pattern worthy of our attention. 1 Jesus spent time enjoying long meals with people. 2 Jesus went to lots of parties with people. 3 Jesus spent time going on long walks with people. 4 Jesus went on edgy adventures with his disciples. Lots of 'with'-ness. Lots for us to imitate.

the God we hardly knew

By |2012-12-02T22:46:51+00:00December 2nd, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology|

is, a great poem by the late Oscar Romero with artwork from Nadia Bolz-Weber. No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything, look down on others, those who have no need even of God- for them there will be no Christmas. Only the poor, the hungry, those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone. That someone is God. Emmanuel. God-with-us. Without poverty of spirit there can be no abundance of God.

so what’s your problem……

By |2012-09-30T21:32:15+00:00October 9th, 2012|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

perhaps, busyness isn't it.... Ephesians 4:17 in the Message, says it this way:- “And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go.........” If you find that ministry is challenging because of the load, I'm with you, but perhaps busyness isn't the primary issue! It’s maybe not about the demands on your time. It’s maybe not [...]