Learning to live with faith

We meet as a church in the middle of the week to worship and prayer. It’s our custom, our habit, our rhythm. The challenge is not to see it as simply a meeting but as part of what sustains us. Eating is an activity, it takes up time in my schedule but not doing it is fatal. In a similar way, meeting with my church family to worship and pray is not simply an activity that I can opt in or out of, it is what nourishes me. Our evenings…

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Book Review: No Perfect People Allowed

What kind of church is your church? Who is welcome at your church? I mean really welcome. Would the gay activist, the muslim, the local thief or drunk? What behaviours do they have to conform to before they’re welcome? John Burke sets out to help churches create genuinely welcoming church cultures that takes broken people and leads them to Christ and does a very good job in this helpful book. I have to confess, I first started reading this book several years ago on my to hear John speak here…

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Six reasons why we don't own a car

For the first time in more than a decade we do not own a car. During the autumn last year, the car we shared with some friends went to meet its breaker – the cost of repair too high for a car worth so little. At that point we decided to experiment, how about we not replace the car and live without one? Sure, let’s give it a month and see how we go. Four months later, we’re still experimenting but no one is talking about buying a new car.…

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The church as God’s family

“The Scriptures command us as God’s family to encourage and build up one another, instruct one another, teach and admonish one another, prompt one another toward love and good deeds, serving one another in love. We teach people how to relate to each other in these ways, telling stories of the powerful abilities they have to develop one another. When small group communities learn to be the voice of God, looking for the potential God sees in each person, encouraging the development of each other, amazing things happen. People realise…

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Book Review: Born to Run

I love running, it’s been a consistent pleasure and inspiration which is a good way to describe Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. McDougall was a journalist for Men’s Health but found himself constantly being injured despite wearing top quality running shoes. The question began to form as to whether the shoes were in fact part of the problem. So he began to research the history of barefoot running given for large parts of human history that would…

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Tools to protect your time & your integrity

There are a few more tools that I need when I consider my use of computers and especially when I go online. Integrity tools I’d love to be able to confidently write that I can be trusted to surf the world-wide web without ever looking at pornography. I can’t so I use some tools that block it out and have helped me create healthy habits. OpenDNS is my first line of defence. This changes the settings at the router so every device that uses our family Wi-fi gets this line of…

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Technology 

My favoured social media, apps & tools

I engage with lots of apps, tools and networks every day, as I’m sure do you, but I’m learning. Here is what I’ve learned and what I still need help with. Networks Twitter: this is my favoured network and also my favoured time-wasting tool. I have a voracious appetite for news, interesting articles, blogs, general knowledge, theology and nothing, bar nothing, gives me more useful, interesting and thought-provoking leads than twitter. It’s also useful for insulting mouthy wanna-be mancunians. You know who you are. I use Hootsuite on my laptop but…

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