Monthly Archives: January 2008

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Why aren't we all good samaritans?

I enjoy being provoked in my faith by thinkers from other disciplines. So if you have 13 minutes to think about compassion and why you aren’t always compassionate, then watch this film by psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence.

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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