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Inspiring Discipleship

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Smart Journeys

Smart Journeys

Smart motorways used to make me think of the film ‘Independence Day’. You know, the bit when the aliens and the heroes are flying around and then suddenly, they lose control of their spaceships as the mothership brings them in. I like driving, and so I don’t really...

What Bette Davis Taught Me About Mission

What Bette Davis Taught Me About Mission

On a rare wet day this summer, my husband and I were staying in an Airbnb in Ironbridge. To while away the evening we picked up a DVD for 49p in a charity shop. The film was Mr Skeffington starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains, who were both nominated for Oscars for...

A Booming Mission-Field

A Booming Mission-Field

I was recently asked to comment on a quote. I took the liberty of adding to it and rewriting it so it now reads: “Almost since the 4th Century, one of the greatest failings of the church in the West is that instead of obeying the Great Commission and making disciples...

Fail to plan, plan to fail

Fail to plan, plan to fail

I don’t like this phrase because I’m not a great planner. I tend to nod towards the truth it contains, but then bury it and try and convince myself that I’ll get by. I’m experienced at ‘winging it’. When I listen to God, however, I’m frequently reminded in a whole...

Stop Trying To Grow Your Church

Stop Trying To Grow Your Church

Okay, so I’ve got your attention with that one. But stay with me... A few years ago I heard someone make the observation: ‘Jesus didn’t say, ‘you go build my church’, he said ‘I will build my church; you go and make disciples’ (Matt 16:18; 28:19). I found that a...

Missional Leadership: Hoist Your Sails

Missional Leadership: Hoist Your Sails

We are in the midst of a crisis of leadership. Whilst I have my own perspectives on Brexit, Trump, North Korea, the EU, Russia, etc, right now I’m particularly concerned about my own Baptist family, although this issue spans all the historic denominations in the UK....

Facilitating Change

Facilitating Change

The moment we get involved in the mission of God we are confronted by the challenge of change. God’s mission is all about setting to rights the things that are not as they ought to be, and that spells change. As agents of God’s mission, we often have a role in...

Eager to hear

Eager to hear

A team of at least 10 of us had an opportunity to spend time on a Seventy-two stand at Spring Harvest this year, either in Harrogate or Minehead. As the crowds poured out of the teaching and worship sessions each day, we encountered hundreds of individuals who were...

Discover – Nurture – Action

Discover – Nurture – Action

As a catalyst for mission, Seventy-two is about helping ordinary Christians find their next step in the Mission of God. This often means signposting people to resources, as we have been doing at our two Spring Harvest stands this Easter. There’s one resource we’d...