Christian Living 

Walking with God pleases God

We’re working through the list of heroes in Hebrews 11 and last Sunday we looked at Enoch. There were a few eyebrows raised when people realised he would be the subject for our all-age service but in fact he’s an excellent choice as we explored what it means to walk with God. Key texts: Hebrews 11:5-6; Genesis 5:21-24; Jude 14-15 Enoch walked with God. Walking with God = talking, laughing, listening, crying with God, like with a best friend. When walking with someone you love and trust: sometimes you chat…

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The Fellowship of the Ashamed

Longer ago than I care to think, while at university, I (and several others) were stirred by a piece called The Fellowship of the Unashamed. It’s of somewhat uncertain provenance with several varying origin stories floating around on the internet. But it was the sort of stuff that got the blood pumping amongst young people who were tired and fed up with middling mediocrity and passion-less Christianity. It was a rallying call to be anything other than lukewarm for Christ. It was a call to embrace world-changing commitment to Christ…

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A Conversation with Ronald J. Sider

Ronald Sider through his writings and particularly Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger has been one of the most formative authors for me. I think, that after the Bible, that’s the one book I’ve given away almost more than any other. Reading Sider and Jim Wallis (although Wallis has moved further on some scriptural issues since then) convinced me that caring for the poor was an integral part of what it meant to be an evangelical Christian. It was integral because of the high commitment to follow Jesus and…

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When I Grow Up

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This from Andrew Wilson. Whenever I teach on eschatology, someone asks me about sex. I get fairly passionate about the new creation, and do my best to paint it in vivid colours and present something of the joy and wonder we will experience when we get there. But someone—usually, in my experience, a young man—will always ask whether,…

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What the Bible Says About Itself—Book by Book

At the beginning of May I saw this post by Jared Wilson about the Bible. What God says about his Word is a deep, complex, and staggering thing. And each book of the written Word testifies to the wonder of his revelation. I decided to take a look, book by book, selecting a representative passage from each to highlight many of the things God’s word says about God’s words. The Word of God is . . . And then he proceeds to work through every book of the Bible. It’s…

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Foundational habits

There are some little actions that done very day can make a big difference to your quality of life. These actions are mostly not difficult, nor require much money or effort. See not difficult at all. Yet these can make a profound difference to your day and if you don’t do them, you really do notice the difference. A few years ago I started drinking water as soon as I woke up. The rehydration and positive effect I felt in my body was almost instant (and there are lots of…

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The BIG resource on discipleship, mission & church

I’ve been collecting resources on church planting, discipleship and mission and I’ve decided the best way to use them is to just put them all into one resource page. Admittedly a lot (but not all) come from Saturate – so you could just go there, but not all of them. Hopefully you’ll find it useful and I’ll try and update it as I find new useful stuff. Mission Framework for Missional Christianity An 11 part series by Alan Hirsch Recovering Missional Moxie An 8 part series from Alan Hirsch 10 contentions about Christian pioneering…

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Rediscovering hospitality (bumper links edition)

I noticed this year more books, talks and articles on the subject of hospitality than ever before. A lot of it was sparked by the release of Rosaria Butterfield’s book The Gospel comes with a Housekey. I’ve long been convinced of the importance of hospitality and we attempt to practice it too. So it was natural for me to bookmark and to share. The Gospel comes with a housekey Rosaria Butterfield Calls You to (Radically Ordinary) Hospitality (TGC) Radically Ordinary Hospitality by JD Greear 3 Ways to Show Up—and Speak Up—to the Lost (TGC) Christian…

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