Book Review: When The Game Is Over It All Goes Back In The Box

When The Game Is Over It All Goes Back In The Box is the latest book by John Ortberg and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. Here are my reasons why: It was on a subject close to my heart at the moment, being rich towards God. It included down to earth teaching on the importance of not focusing on stuff and instead focusing on people. It talked about loving God and loving people. It was easy to read It made me laugh It made me cry – the Johnny…

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Johnny the Bagger

During my talk last Sunday on following the call to love God and love people, I talked about how it takes us out to people, it makes us GO, it propels us forward and out of our comfort zones. At the end I read a story from John Ortberg’s latest book ‘When the Game is Over it all goes back in the box’ about Johnny the Bagger. Kindness goes a long way…anyway it seems words have been turned into pictures

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Generous Going

In the final part of my January series on discipleship I talked about Generous Going, following on from Discipleship, Generous Living, and Generous Giving (follow the links for the audios – except for the giving talk, not sure what happened there but we lost the recording. Shame) There’s an initiative that is based in the community of the trinity that takes us beyond ourselves to include others and draw them into the love of God for humanity. For us this draws us into the mess of human lives, the joys,…

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Get Saved

This is the third in my series of posts on the book ‘UnChristian: What a new generation really thinks about Christianity..and why it matters’ (see here and here for earlier posts). The second major complaint is that “Christians are insincere and concerned only with converting others” (Chapter 4, pages 67-90) and have a reputation similar to that of the Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses. In effect we don’t really care about people. The author then explores a number of myths and misconceptions Christians hold about effective evangelism. The best evangelism efforts…

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Book Review: FB Meyer

I’d never heard of FB Meyer before but a friend lent me this book and I’m glad he did.Bob Holman’s biography of this 19th and 20th century church leader is inspirational. If you live in London you should read it because it forms part of the Christian history and heritage of your city (same goes for Liverpool, Leicester and York). If you are interested in big churches then read this because Meyer’s at Christ Church London grew to over 2000. If you are interested in social action, social justice and…

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Hypocritical

A while ago I promised to blog through the book Unchristian by David Kinnaman (see here for that post) and I’m finally getting round to it. The first major challenge was that young people in the US perceived Christians as hypocritical and he backed it up with some frightening stats. Here are some of them from page 53, the percentages represent the views of born-again believers aged 23-41. It is morally acceptable to: Co-habit 59%Have sex outside of marriage 44%Get drunk 35%Look at porn 33%Have an abortion 32% Interestingly ‘born…

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