God and the city

I’ve already admitted that strategically it’s hard to ignore the influence and impact of cities (however you define them) but that’s very different from creating a Biblical mandate which in effect prioritises cities over anywhere else, which is what I understand men like Tim Keller and Mark Driscoll to be advocating. Their biblical argument (I’m sure you’ll correct me if I’m wrong) is as follows: Man began in a garden but ended in a city (Revelation) and that’s as God intended it The early church succeeded in winning whole regions…

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There's nothing like the church

Today was another good day in the life of North Shrewsbury Community Church with a talk by Terry Hotchkiss (from Barnabas Community Church) on healing. We saw people recommit themselves to following Christ and some take that step for the first time, we saw people seek God for healing in their own lives and that of others. We also experienced God’s presence as we worshipped Him, we were built up as people encouraged one another and worked out what it means to follow Christ in a difficult world. It was…

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Generous Going

In the final part of my January series on discipleship I talked about Generous Going, following on from Discipleship, Generous Living, and Generous Giving (follow the links for the audios – except for the giving talk, not sure what happened there but we lost the recording. Shame) There’s an initiative that is based in the community of the trinity that takes us beyond ourselves to include others and draw them into the love of God for humanity. For us this draws us into the mess of human lives, the joys,…

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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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Authentic Mission

In a previous post I mentioned 3 tentative aims of community, or at least a community I wanted to be a part of anyway. Greater Simplicity, Increased Generosity and Authentic Mission. I thought it would be helpful (to me, if no one else) to explore them in turn and see how it develops. Starting with the one that I think is the most important – Authentic Mission. The church is a missional movement and the disciples were called to repeat the process that Jesus began with them, teaching them to worship,…

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Revisiting Community Revisited

I think this is the last time I can play with the title…it might be fun but it will get silly! Anyway I was excited by the comments I had on the Revisiting Community post… As a result there is a revision of how close you need to live to someone else to effectively share…10 minutes walk being considered too far and instead bringing that down to 2 minutes. Thoughts? Then there are some suggestions on areas to extend what could be shared. I have some questions that are forming and…

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