Inspiring Discipleship

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Practising for Christmas?

Practising for Christmas?

On a personal level, I don't even begin to think about Christmas until December 1st - at the very earliest! In terms of local church we can't afford to wait until then, so I hope all your plans are in the bag and they simply need to be implemented … or maybe that’s...

Today Will Be Different

Today Will Be Different

Today has been handcrafted by the Lord, so we will enjoy it, and augment it with our gladness! This is my slightly flowery paraphrase of Psalm 118:24. I did so originally to rescue it in my mind from the tyranny of the old Sunday school tune, but also to recapture the...

Bread-and-Butter Truth-in-Loving

Bread-and-Butter Truth-in-Loving

In recent years there’s been a growing recognition that if the church isn‘t making disciples, it might as well go home. Church communities need to be places that foster discipleship, and that means seeking to help and resource followers to grow in their love for God,...

Scrapheap Disciple

Scrapheap Disciple

Saved? Check Called? Check Mobilised? Check Fruitful? Check ….and then my marriage broke down, irreversibly. The day I saw the point of no return I resigned from my church leadership team. Nobody asked me to, but I assumed it had to be done. Everyone comes from a...

Practising Prayer – Part 2

Practising Prayer – Part 2

I wrote last month about how I first came to put a structure to my prayer life: divert daily, withdraw weekly, retreat regularly, abandon annually. That was years ago and things have changed. However, the basic principles are still there. At the beginning of each day...

Practising Prayer – Part 1

Practising Prayer – Part 1

Okay, let’s get one thing straight from the outset: I’m not writing an article about prayer and spiritual formation because I’m any sort of expert. The fact is I’m a rank beginner who is desperately trying to learn everything I can so that I don’t make a complete mess...

Greek to the Greeks

Greek to the Greeks

In 1 Corinthians 9:19-21 Paul writes that when he is with the Jews he lives like a Jew, under the law, to reach them with the Gospel. But when he is with the Greeks he does not live under the law, so that he can reach them with the Gospel. The Gospel message does not...

Disturbed and disturbing?

Disturbed and disturbing?

I am wanting to disturb you! On listening to the story of the Magi visiting the Messiah again (Matthew 2:1-12), I was stopped by these words ‘when King Herod heard this he was disturbed and all Jerusalem with him’ in verse 3. Really? All Jerusalem? Not a non-anxious...