Inspiring Discipleship

Inspiring Discipleship Articles and Resources

Discipleship and Darkness

Discipleship and Darkness

On 18 June 2018 my wife Anne died of cancer. This blog is not about her life and her courage. I know I could never begin to do justice to her extraordinary faith and witness, especially in those final days. This is not even about how I felt at the time. Rather, it...

Count your Blessings

Count your Blessings

The phrase ‘count your blessings’ has become something of a cliché. Worse still, it can sometimes be said unfeelingly when people are in distress. It is vital to deal pastorally and carefully with one another and walk sensitively alongside those who are hurting. This...

Where Does The Power Lie?

Where Does The Power Lie?

‘Oh, I wish we could go back to the day when we were a Christian country.’ I have heard many say words to this effect and it leaves me feeling sad and if I’m honest, quite angry. I wonder whether we can every really claim we were a ‘Christian country.’ I know that’s...

How Long O Lord?

How Long O Lord?

For this post you really need Isaiah 6 in front of you. In fact, if you’re short on time skip this blog and just read the chapter. All of it. Not just the encouraging bits but the verses that don’t seem to make any sense. Isaiah 6 is God’s word to us in these...

The Cross: Costly and Free

The Cross: Costly and Free

This is a time like no other. That’s certainly how it seems to many. The country is in lockdown. The Prime Minister is intensive care. Nearly all of us have a friend, relative or colleague who has become unwell with corona virus / Covid 19. Most of us know a person...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: People

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: People

I’ve taken to going on a short walk after lunch.  My once a day exercise as recommended in the government COVID-19 lock down advice.  Keeping an appropriate distance from other people of course. During the first week of the lockdown, on a beautiful blue-sky day I...

Pursuing The Mission Of God

Pursuing The Mission Of God

I’m hugely impressed by the rapid responses so many individuals and churches have already made, since the escalation of the impact of coronavirus. We talk a lot about innovation and adaptation during Re:Imagine and as one leader said to me last week, following the...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Change

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Change

I have hesitated to write this month’s blog.  But this is a journey and so with fellow travellers I think I need to be honest.  I’ve been travelling quite a lot over the past month.  Some of it greener than others. I travelled “greenly” by train to the South Eastern...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Ready

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Ready

While they might have disappeared from our headlines, replaced by different apocalyptic concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, the forest fires in Australia have not gone away.  And with the hottest months of the summer to come, more are expected.  The images...

Identity

Identity

‘Carrot’ was my nickname at school. Everyone called me it, even my teachers. Why? I was born with the affliction of ginger hair. I say ‘affliction’, but it wasn’t really, it was who I was. I was your ginger mate. I was the one you sloppily compared to Ed Sheeran, or...