A Place for All

I’m using “A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer” as a devotional and this morning’s reading was very powerful for me as he talks about community. I thought I’d share it with you… “Even in this new situation all the members of the community are given their special place; this is no longer the place, however, in which they can most successfully promote themselves, but the place where they can best carry out their service. In a Christian community, everything depends on whether each individual is an indispensable link in a chain.…

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Generous Living

Yesterday I preached on discipleship (click to listen) and the importance and priority of following Jesus and I tried not to pull any punches. I hoped to share how following Jesus is both costly but rich in reward, as Martin Luther said a religion that costs nothing, suffers nothing and gives nothing is worth nothing. But I left with the feeling that despite my best efforts, the message I unwittingly communicated was “DO MORE” when I was passionately hoping to communicate “LOVE MORE”. Sometimes in order to love more we…

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A crushing blow for democracy

I like polls, I like voting on things whether the vote has consequence or not, and it’s fair to say that the polls on this blog are of no consequence at all (other than giving us a chance to express our opinions without ever having to even type anything) but a full zero percent of you thought that the church is motivated by a political agenda while 71% think that the church is old-fashioned and out of touch. OK so that’s only 5 of you but the majority has spoken…

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Affluenza

A friend of mine, Adam, sent me the following tip: “Anyway, Josh Harris from Covenant life church (CJ’s church, now led by Josh Harris) has done a 7pt series on Affluenza on his blog – check out www.joshharris.com You’ll find a link there to a sermon he did on that subject too.” It’s a large and influential church and Josh is an influential young leader in the US so it’s good to see this issue being preached on there.

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Greater Simplicity

I’ve realised that I haven’t completed a series of posts I started in November on the 3 main aims I saw from greater community living. They were Authentic Mission, Increased Generosity and at last now the aim of Greater Simplicity. Simplicity can seem a mile away in the aftermath of the Christmas season when our accumulation of stuff as well as debt has gone steeply up. Simplicity, first of all though is not the order of our lives but the order of our hearts. It comes from first of all…

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The Simple Pastor reaches first milestone

It occurred to me today that I’ve been actively blogging for a while now and it turns out that I started this blog on the 18th December 2006. So The Simple Pastor has turned one and I didn’t even realise, which isn’t unusual when it comes to me and birthdays, they often go unnoticed until after the event. On the whole I would say it’s been a positive development in my life, it’s given me a creative outlet as well as a positive use of the internet, it’s introduced me…

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