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Praying together is like armed combat

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. Put on the whole armour…

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Corporate prayer is like digging a ditch

My friend Mike Betts has written a new book on corporate prayer. I’ve had the privilege of helping out a bit with it. It’s there to give a little bit of weight to our prayer initiative which I encourage you to check out and to consider joining in with. The next prayer night is the 15th November and the book is being launched to coincide with that. So this week I’ll be sharing some brief extracts from the book in the lead up to the launch. Mike opens the book…

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Why gather? To eat, sing & pray together

Why should a Christian gather with other Christians on a regular basis? Why in other should you go to be with the church? A go to passage for most is Acts 2:42-47 and that supplies several key reasons. When they met together also did some things that helped remind them how they came to be family together – they broke bread together – reminding them that it was ONLY because of Jesus that found this new life, that were new men and women, that they were forgiven, set free, redeemed,…

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Figuring out small groups

I (we) haven’t got this sorted. It’s a mixed bag. We have some. They’re great. But we don’t have enough. Not by a long way. We have one monthly and one weekly going well and another on life-support. We should have at least three if not four times that number. Here are a few links with numbers in them. 3 Critical Elements Every Small Group Must Strive For Four reasons to serve food at your groups and meetings Five Essential Elements of Transformational Small Groups That’s all well and good…

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Women & complementarian churches

What follows is a few thoughts and a tonne of links. It seems to me that in recent months the debate about the role of women in the church has burst into life again (at least judging by the sheer amount of links I’ve saved). This isn’t all that surprising although the reasons have generally shown people like me (complementarian) in a pretty bad light. In what follows I’m going to share some links and resources that I’ve been saving the last while. They work through where I position the…

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Why gather? Friendship

Have you ever asked yourself, why you go to church? It’s a good question to ask from time to time. One good reason is friendship. In fact being friends is a great reason to meet together. Some people may think that friendship is an inadequate reason to go to church because you can be with your friends anywhere. And there might be something in that, it’s not a bad reason but by itself it probably isn’t enough. The thing is in the church we’re friends because of someone and for…

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Church planting in Europe

At the end of September I was privileged to be at one of my favourite conferences. I don’t go to many but this is my favourite. For one it was held in Malaga, so while Sweden was fast heading into a cold and wet autumn, for a few days I got to go back to summer. Malaga is also a beautiful city, with ancient Roman ruins, a marina full of expensive yachts, the castle & cathedral. It’s definitely worth a visit. But nice as the weather and location was, I’d…

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Good church leadership

I found this note but I’ve no idea whether it was notes from my own talk or someone else’s. If I’m taking notes from someone else I usually note that down and I didn’t in this case, so I think it might be me that’s responsible for what follows. Good leaders are a gift In Romans 12, Paul describes a whole variety of gifts that a church needs to be healthy. People giving generously, teaching, serving, encouraging, caring, using gifts in worship. Each of those gifts is to be used…

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