Church 

Let history decide

If you’re planting a church, what’s your strategy? I’m not talking about your vision for a church that makes disciples or changes your city or plants other churches. I’m talking about do you know how you are going to live, act, work and organise so that as the best you can – you work towards that vision? There are a lot of books about church planting, leadership and strategy none of which are much use in post-Christian, secular Europe. I find using those sorts of books akin to the man who tried…

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One of the most signifcant years of my life

As I think back over this past year it stands out from almost every other year. I’m not sure I can think of another year in which so many significant life shaping events and decisions have been made. It’s been a very full and momentous year (just the way I like them!). Here are just some of the highlights: January: Visited Pakistan; April: Ran the London Marathon for the 2nd time (here are the numbers) June: Began to hand over the bookshop business (completed in August) July: Became the father…

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Being Different in a Consumer Culture

Today I have the privilege of joining the good people of All Souls Langham Place during their church week away in these wonderful surroundings to talk with them about the above title. The Rector of All Souls, Hugh Palmer did a very good series called Cash and the Christian (Do a sermon search for the series, you may need to register). Not sure what I can add, but we’ll see. Looking forward to it. Prayers would be appreciated.

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The family likeness

I promise this blog is not about to turn into a family album despite the fact that I’m now the doting father of a baby girl. However, I’d like to show you something… OK, it may be just me but do they look alike? Poor kids, the midwife said they looked liked me. My church decided that grumpy, wrinkly and purple is not a good look, for them or me! Anyway, the point is that they (at least I think so) carry the family likeness. The father should be able…

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Convict me Lord

“If I cannot spare time in my day to read, to learn, to receive, to share, to be with my God can I reasonably complain that I am struggling with sin, with being a witness to the truth, that no-one I know comes to know my Lord & Saviour? Convict me Lord, stir me from my slumber. I am not content to simply waiting on being surprised by you O God but I want to seek your ways, know your paths, see your light burn brighter in my life which…

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Profile of the Obsessed (3)

Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected or fulfilling the status quo. A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don’t always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth. As Martin Luther put it, ‘There are two days on my calendar: this day and that day’ (Luke 14:25-35; Matt 7:13-23; 8:18-22; Rev 3:1-6).

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Total Obedience

I’m really enjoying reading the Bible chronologically. I’ve enjoyed the way they’ve figured out when various people lived and died and moved the reference. Seeing that Noah’s grandfather Methuselah died just before the flood, and realising Joseph was in Egypt when Isaac died made the emotions of the story stand out stronger. Obviously the cutting and pasting can make it feel a little disjointed but so far it’s appreciated and made little things stand out to me much more. So not quite a month in and I’ve read Genesis, Job,…

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