Tearfund on: Global impact

I received a letter this week from Tearfund (who I used to work for) and it began with the launch of a new initiative My Global Impact complete with its own carbon calculator (for the perils of those, see this post over at Make Wealth History). Anyway I was struck by this comment in the opening paragraph from Matthew Frost the chief exec of Tearfund. “Love does no harm to its neighbour, says Paul in the book of Romans, yet accidental damage from our high consumption lifestyles is harming our…

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Johnny the Bagger

During my talk last Sunday on following the call to love God and love people, I talked about how it takes us out to people, it makes us GO, it propels us forward and out of our comfort zones. At the end I read a story from John Ortberg’s latest book ‘When the Game is Over it all goes back in the box’ about Johnny the Bagger. Kindness goes a long way…anyway it seems words have been turned into pictures

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Greater Simplicity

I’ve realised that I haven’t completed a series of posts I started in November on the 3 main aims I saw from greater community living. They were Authentic Mission, Increased Generosity and at last now the aim of Greater Simplicity. Simplicity can seem a mile away in the aftermath of the Christmas season when our accumulation of stuff as well as debt has gone steeply up. Simplicity, first of all though is not the order of our lives but the order of our hearts. It comes from first of all…

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Where should Generosity flow from?

Last Sunday I preached from Colossians 2:6-7 on growing in Christ. In my understanding growing in Christ is what discipleship is about, it is about obeying Christ and following Christ. That has led me to freshly reflect on the two greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” If I love God with all that I have, if I love people as I love myself then how…

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Who is in your community?

One of the things that has long bugged me about my own experiences of community and I guess my own shortcomings is about who is in included in community. I mean really. I know the theory of church is of course that ALL are welcome, but are they really welcome? We’ve been blogging around community over the past week but I’ve always found that we can be a bit warm and fuzzy about who’s included, usually friends, people we get on with, people who make us laugh, people just like us.…

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