Tagged with Discipleship

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

Blog redesign and update

Blog redesign and update

Redesigning the look and feel of The Art of Steering was fun today!  Long overdue, it has been something I wanted to try for ages.  I’m pretty pleased with the result (it’s all still free software!) but it’d be great to hear what you think too… Well, August is nearly done and I’m about to throw … Continue reading

Emerging Adulthood

Emerging Adulthood

I am so excited to start reading Dunn and Sundene’s Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults: Life-Giving Rhythms for Spiritual Transformation!  I first read parts of it on Google books three weeks ago and decided that I absolutely HAD to read the rest when I realised that its main focus is disciplemaking amongst exactly the age … Continue reading

What it really means to be a Christian

What it really means to be a Christian

Listen to Brennan Manning in The Furious Longing of God… How is it then that we’ve come to imagine that Christianity consists primarily in what we do for God?  How has this come to be the good news of Jesus?  Is the kingdom that He proclaimed to be nothing more than a community of men and women … Continue reading

All he ever asked

All he ever asked

The day has finally come…  Tomorrow we baptise three lovely ladies, one of whom God brought to a serious commitment of faith at a hen party(!), another of whom has walked with us for two and a half years whilst working out what a life commitment might mean for her, and the last of whom … Continue reading

It…whatever it is

I’m reading Craig Groeschel’s It: How churches and leaders can get it and keep it, another of my library acquisitions from last week.  I really don’t know what to make of it.  I keep thinking that I hate it and then I think I’m over-reacting.  It is not, after all, hugely different from any other church … Continue reading

In returning and rest

I’ve just recently started writing for an online magazine called Provoketive, which is based in the U.S.  It’s exciting to be published by someone else other than me(!) and what I’m writing for that site will go to a far wider – and different – audience than I have here.  But, because what I plan … Continue reading

Learning from Superman Baxter

One of the books which I planned to read this Christmas was Andrew Purves’ Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition.  I only managed to read one chapter.  Not the first, of course.  You know me well enough to know that these days I tend to scan a book before I actually start reading it!  And … Continue reading

Not to know where you are going

Luther, quoted in Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship: Discipleship is not limited to what you can comprehend – it must transcend all comprehension.  Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own comprehension, and I will help you to comprehend even as I do.  Bewilderment is the true comprehension.  Not to know where you are going is … Continue reading

The longing of a new generation

I recently read this article from the Leadership Journal at Christianity Today about Gen Y or the Millennial Generation or whatever you want to call them (technically, I should say ‘us’ since I make it in on the cusp of some descriptions of Gen Y, albeit not others!). It suggests, based on the writer’s experience, … Continue reading