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Falling out of love with the church

Falling out of love with the church

You don’t have to have followed this blog for long to know that I have struggled with leadership this year. Really struggled. And I can’t say that I was sad to take a few Sundays off from church over the summer.  I wasn’t sad not to have to organise the nitty-gritty of making Sundays happen. … Continue reading

Having wasted my twenties…

Having wasted my twenties…

I’ve had this thought lately.  It comes to me every two weeks or so. Having wasted my twenties, will I do the same with my thirties? Let me wind back a bit.  I spent my twenties longing to build, and then building, a church.  I was 25 when we started it, the youngest in the team, … Continue reading

One year is never enough

One year is never enough

Last Friday was a good day for my book problem: I finished another!  I’ve blogged a fair bit about Jesus Wept and this is the last post I plan to write on the thoughts in this provocative book.  Listen to this quotation which the authors of Jesus Wept take from Nouwen’s In The Name of Jesus: Formation in the … Continue reading

Steeped in the grace of Christ

Steeped in the grace of Christ

I have picked up a new book in recent days.  It is Beeley’s Leading God’s People.  Listen to this excerpt: what ultimately moves people into a deeper life in Christ is not personal charm, social connections, or managerial expertise, no matter how useful they may seem in the short term.  Instead it is the real and … Continue reading

Bounded, centred or just plain fuzzy?

Bounded, centred or just plain fuzzy?

Sometimes it takes years to write a blog post.  This is one of those. And I suspect, irritatingly, that it is not even going to be that good! But I have waited long enough to write, long enough to hope to do justice to this concept.  And now I need just to write, to explore … Continue reading

Counter-cultural community

Counter-cultural community

As I contemplate the trajectory of culture, my heart feels heavy.  I don’t know whether that should ever be the case, given the God whom we serve, but I feel weighed down by the sheer size of the task.  Our vision at LifeGiving to become an outward-reaching community of disciples is perhaps more counter-cultural than … Continue reading

Day of smiles

Day of smiles

Coffee in hand, milk frothed just so, and a creme egg in the other.  It may be weeks until Easter but who cares about minor details like that?  Today has been another good day…gym, a cafe lunch, conversations and messaging interchanges with precious people. Oh yes, and a TED video!  Did you know that only … Continue reading

Flash-mob community?

Flash-mob community?

There’s been little reading for pleasure lately.  It’s only when I come to blog about my readings on life and leadership that I realise how bad that situation has become!  Instead I have been reading for research, I have been reading for lectures on a Biblical Perspectives course I’m due to start teaching next month … Continue reading

Broken glory?

Broken glory?

Is this always his way, broken glory? Scraps of it, here and there, found by those who are scouring the landscape for the echoes of him, the murmurings of a creation being renewed by him. Scraps of it, but less than was dreamed, was prophesied.  A glory whispered long ago, yet somehow reality less than this. … Continue reading