Book Review: Planting Churches, Changing Communities

Church planting is not an easy thing to do, there’s a tonne of things to learn and to think about. Good reasons to have some good books on the subject and I’d recommend from the outset adding David Stroud’s Planting Churches, Changing Communities: A hands on guide to successful church planting. It comes from the Newfrontiers family of churches and draws much of its material from within that network, however much of the advice would be useful or helpful no matter what your denomination or church movement. It doesn’t particularly…

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I don't need a million dollars

So says Randy Alcorn and I believe him. Here’s some powerful words from a man living what he’s talking about. “God was and is the owner of all things. I was and am simply His money manager. He has never revoked his ownership, never surrendered his claim to all riches and treasures. God didn’t die and leave this earth to you and me. He still owns it. The more I thought about it, the more real it became.” And “Do Nanci and I go to bed each night thinking, “It…

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I link therefore I am (31.08.2010)

OK this infographic is for the US but revealing nonetheless. This is the lottery economy Sticking with money, the IRS (the Inland Revenue in the US) has done a good job of defining a church Andrew Brown over at the Guardian often irritates but this is an interesting reflection sparked off by Bishop Tom Wright on the question: How do we make the new and better people to inhabit our new and better world? I appreciated Terry Virgo’s personal reflection on the impact of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ preaching Help Make…

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I link therefore I am (27.08.2010)

A few things to do with the economy and money today This is fascinating on the Crises of Capitalism (animated). Takes you 11 minutes to watch but will make you wonder whether you should be an anti-capitalist! (HT: Challies) Follow that up with this call to the church to offer an alternative to mere consumption This is less serious but made me wonder about the best place to stash some cash Quick switch to technology but have you considered a Facebook fast? And is fasting for a day really enough?…

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Bibliophilia (26.08.2010)

Reviews Gary McMurray has read Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller but says, “I really did struggle with this book.” Luke Davydaitis has read Home by Marilynne Robinson and in his words, “I don’t really know where to start, or what to say. That’s probably the best evidence of having encountered great art.” Books Tim Challies completes this thoughts on books vs e-books This infographic illustrates round 1 of that battle quite nicely. Writing Donald Miller offers advice for when the ideas don’t flow

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My thirsty soul

I use the Daily Telegraph Book of Hymns as part of my regular devotions and it’s a real treasure trove. I came across this version of Psalm 42 and a few of the 12 verses really stood out for me: As pants the hart for cooling streams/ When heated in the chase;/ S0 longs my soul, O God for thee/And thy refreshing grace For thee, my God, the living God,/ My thirsty soul doth pine;/ O when shall I behold thy face,/ Thou Majesty divine? My thirsty soul doth pine.…

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I link therefore I am (25.08.2010)

My views on our coalition are changing, especially as the budget hits the poorest the hardest I like the idea that by doing good I can be a ‘deviant rule breaker’. Just shows you how deeply rooted sin is in the human heart when being kind or generous is deviancy In China, Christianity is booming. Slightly concerned by the language of the article, ‘investing’, ‘government funding’, ‘state sanctioned’ but if it means an genuine encounter with the Gospel. Bring it on. Transport shapes society in many ways and if carbon…

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Buildings can distract you

The church merger continues to progress. Legal documents have been signed and in the coming few days all assets, liabilities and so on will be transferred from two charities into one new one Hope Church Shrewsbury. For the past seven years or so North Shrewsbury Community Church has been nomadic, of no permanent abode. We’ve been mostly using this school as our home but have used at least five other buildings in that time and have used two different office units. The Grange Free Church owns two buildings and it’s…

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