Ukraine

Today I’m on way to Ukraine to visit some churches we’re in partnership with and see the work that they’re doing. I’ve made the strategic decision to leave the laptop behind. Hopefully this means more reading and a good technology break for me. I’d appreciate your prayers for me and for my family while I’m away. I’ll file a report on my return in a week. Check back then, although there may be some Twitter updates along the way

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What you've been reading (30/04/09)

Jeremy has read Shaun Chamberlain’s The Transition Timeline Mark Heath has read The Message of the Resurrection by Paul Beasley-Murray Tim Chester has reviewed Rob Bell’s Jesus wants to save Christians (my review here) Matt Hosier has reviewed Eugene Peterson’s Travelling Light Tim Challies has read John Calvin: Pilgrim & Pastor by Robert Godfrey T-Wax highly recommends Chris Wright’s The God I Don’t Understand Oliver James’ Affluenza gets a short but sweet recommendation from Mark Landreth-Smith

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Is having 'too much' wrong?

I’ve just listened to a talk from The Gospel Coalition. It’s titled the The Gospel & Money by Tom Nelson and Matt Perman. It’s OK. ‘C’ grade at best. They both talk really fast and say a lot without saying much. I was a bit disappointed. The best thing Tom Nelson said was that church leaders should model generosity. Other than that it still amazes it me that we need to point out to people that the Bible talks about money and generosity, why is this still surprising? Anyway his…

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Passing the Plate

Will Willimon reflects on giving after having read Passing the Plate. Here are some great quotes, “Evangelical Christians tend to be the most generous (giving the lie to the misconception that liberal Christians are more liberal in their concern for the less fortunate), but even their giving is nothing to brag about.” and “Americans earning less than $10,000 gave 2.3 percent of their income to churches. Those who earn $70,000 or more gave only 1.2 percent.” and “Poor leadership by the pastor always results in poor congregational giving. Faithful giving…

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The hardest day of my life

So yesterday I ran the London Marathon and it was hard. 10 things I learned were South East trains at London Bridge were rubbish. Twice we were moved platforms and twice hundreds missed their trains. On the third attempt after a third platform change we got on a train. The organisation of the marathon was phenomenal. Getting stomach cramps and needing the toilet at 8 miles and then again at 8.2 miles slows you right up. Thank the Lord for a handily placed McDonalds to nip into. Running in the…

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