The Confessional is now Open

I have a confession to make, today I almost lost my temper, I certainly did lose a good portion of my self-control. It’s one of the hazards of being a biker (just to clarify so we’re all clear: a person who pedals a bike is a cyclist, a person who rides a motorbike is a biker). So I was cut up in town by a lady in a people carrier who paid no attention to the road markings to give way and ploughed straight on causing me to nearly plough…

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Don't Mess With Your Blog

Oh my goodness! I was getting a bit tired of the standard blogger template and thought I’d personalise it a bit. I spent all day on it after I practically ruined my blog with endless ‘innovations’. Don’t be a tinker, don’t tinker! Really don’t touch, at least not if you’re as inept as I proved to be. Anyway finally returned it to some level of respectability with a new 3 column format (from here) instead of the old 2, plus a few new things as I couldn’t remember what I…

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Refreshed and Recharged

Just got back from Together on a Mission conference in Brighton. I chose not to live-blog it like Adrian Warnock so if you want to know more head there. It was a great time, I just so enjoyed worshipping God with thousands of others and no responsibility for any of it. It was great to hear teaching that has equipped me as a church leader and to be caught up in a bigger vision of what God is doing around the world. Awesome to pray for the nations and to…

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What are we working so hard for again?

Last weekend I was speaking on the challenge of consumerism at Cornerstone City Church (you can listen to the talk here if you want to). Thanks to Clive Miller who followed it up by sending me the following…  “Here’s a famous story that you might have heard before but makes an interesting point…  the businessman and the fisherman story (ambition, wealth creation, change for change’s sake, purpose of life, work and fulfilment – also featured on a ‘Kit-Kat’ snack-bar TV advert) A management consultant, on holiday in a African fishing village,…

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Global Cities

Yesterday we found ourselves in London with a bit of time on our hands, so Emma and I went with her brother Ben to the Tate Modern on the South Bank. Unknown to us was what I consider one of the best, most interesting, provocative exhibitions I’ve ever seen. Global Cities is a enthralling introduction, explanation and insight into the phenomenon of the city. Now that 50% of the worlds population is for the first time urban and with massive cities like Mexico City, Tokyo, LA, New York, Cairo, Shanghai, Mumbai,…

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Maintaining focus

It’s not easy to say ‘no’ to things especially when you enjoy them. It’s also not easy to judge the pace your life should be led at. It isn’t easy to reject the furious busyness of contemporary life, to choose to slow down. All of the above means I find it much harder to step down from things than I do to step up to new challenges (as a church leader I also understand that some people have the opposite problem!).  I ride motorbikes, absolutely love it and there are some…

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Debating the Atonement

For many evangelical Christians, a debate has been taking place over our understanding of what and perhaps more specifically how Christ achieved for us forgiveness from sin and a restored relationship with God. I’ve been posting on Adrian Warnock’s blog so although that debate isn’t really the focus of my blog here, if you’re interested head there.

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