Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
3 keys to a powerful prayer life
Donald Trump and America's identity crisis
Four thoughts on virtue signalling
11 Beliefs about JW's for when they knock on your door and 8 Beliefs about Mormons for when they knock on your door
3 things I know about church planting
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
- "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45)
- "The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10)
- "The Son of Man came eating and drinking" (Luke 7:34)
Monday, August 14, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
A theology of holidays
Google and diversity and James Damore on Why I was fired
Waves are free
John Macarther elbow drops Joel Osteen
Tools of the Titans
The productivity secrets of tech types
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Ben Meyer quoted in 'Surprise the world' which inspired our current sermon series on missionary habits.
Don't miss the next installment on Sunday and make this little book your August read....
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
2. Roger Olson has summarized what he considers to be the basic tenets of liberal theology.
3. An interview with Eugene Peterson pre-gay marriage gate.
4. 18 books on suffering
5. Apparently research shows that sabbaticals are good for organisations which is good as I am about to take one.
6. Interesting post about Google doing what the church perhaps should be?
7. I am walking a stretch of the Camino and a friend met the man who wrote 'Taking God for a Walk' so I've bought it as preparatory reading.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
2. In my many discussions about the state of the C of E with Vicar pals over the last week, one quoted Bonnhoeffer who said it doesn't matter that you are walking down a train away from the engine it's still going in the same direction. The only way to go another way is, at some point, to get off the train.
3. I am planning to walk a stretch of the Camino as part of my sabbatical.
'There was never a pilgrim that did not come back to his own village with one less prejudice and one more idea.'
4. We are preaching a little series inspired by the book 'Surprise the world'. This quote struck me from it from another book he wrote called 'The Road to Missional'
'Trailers are tasters, short film versions of the soon to be released feature, and they usually include the best special effects or the funniest scenes or the most romantic moments, depending on the film, of the upcoming feature. now, watch those around you in the theatre at the end of each trailer. If it has done its job, usually one person will turn to the other and say, 'I want to see that movie'
This is a great metaphor for the missional church. If it does its job well, people will see what it does and say, "I want to see the world they come from' p. 86
5. Every week I pray with a bunch of pastors and we are due to discuss this talk over breakfast during August. It is packed with interesting thoughts on evangelism to a post-Christian world. It's ten years old but its themes still very much chimed with me.
6. If you are wondering what Keller would say about post-modernism ten years on then listen to 'The Closing of the Modern Mind'.. You'll need 90 minutes and a notebook and pen. Here is a taster:
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Bishop: ‘When you think about the cross of Christ, what do you see?’
Young man: ‘I see Christ and two thieves crucified either side of him…’
Bishop: ‘What else do you see?’
Young man: ‘I see the soldiers gambling…’
Bishop: ‘If that is all you see, I think you will have trouble with the Christian life. When I see the cross – with all that – I see old Bishop Taylor Smith. I was crucified with Christ.’
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Charles Spurgeon's schedule and David Murray's push back
Peterson on Same-sex marriage and Some thoughts on rhe Eugene Peterson debacle and Three responses (Quoting Keller, Alberry and Stott posted pre-retraction)
Spurgeon's secret for raising Godly children
The most personally convicting book I've read in ages
Friday, July 14, 2017
'I think this little catchphrase, perseverance of the saints, is dangerously misleading. It suggests that the perseverance is something that we do, perhaps in and of ourselves. I believe that saints do persevere in faith, and that those who have been effectually called by God and have been reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit endure to the end. However, they persevere not because they are so diligent in making use of the mercies of God. The only reason we can give why any of us continue on in the faith is because we have been preserved. So I prefer the term the preservation of the saints, because the process by which we are kept in a state of grace is something that is accomplished by God. My confidence in my preservation is not in my ability to persevere. My confidence rests in the power of Christ to sustain me with His grace and by the power of His intercession. He is going to bring us safely home'
R C Sproul
Thursday, July 13, 2017
In a timely way, to help with some reflection, J D Greear has just written this post entitled 'If you don't care for the poor you don't understand the Gospel'
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Should Christians attend gay weddings?
Surviving early struggle in church planting
Five honest struggles most church leaders don't want to admit
How to be a faithful friend to those who are same-sex attracted
Love strengthened by faith helps us know there will be justice for Manchester
Friday, July 07, 2017
'What I am going to say next will come as a shock to some, but here it is. You can eliminate every single thing Jesus ever said in his life about the poor and social justice, and still you will not undermine his main message one bit. As severe as that may sound, this is precisely what one of Christ's closest followers actually did.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
'Our influence will grow as we cultivate a way of living and working that feels far less draining over time and far more energized by the Spirit to the point of overflowing. We will experience more and more moments when we feel as if we are living and leading from abundance rarther than out of sheer willpower or our own detached-from-God human efforts' An Unhurried Leader, p 12-13
3. A friend is reading 'A trip around the sun' and being impacted by the idea of the need to belong before you believe in a post-Christian context.
4. Mrs C is off to Just One with a pal. Do pray for this amazing event.
5. I totally agree with Ian Paul about mitres. They look ridiculous and are add odds with what it means to be Anglican. If you don't agree then read 'Anglican and Evangelical: Can they Agree?'.
6. From time to time, I spot a corporate book that looks interesting like this one. Reminds me of the days when I had a job in the real world :)
7. As readers will know we in the C of E love filling our meeting agendas with discussions about sex (do look the agenda shown on Cranmer's blog linked in the next sentence with words 'persecuted church'- it beggars belief ) We should of course be talking about mission, evangelism and the persecuted church. I have been mulling on the growth of bi-sexuality in young people that the article cites (Point 10). It is often spoken about in these church debates that what we are for is 'Loving committed relationships' (by the way, so to are those in 'the world' as adultery for most people has never been considered life enhancing) but I perhaps question how you can achieve that if you are in relationship with more than one person of different genders or am I missing something? Now, or course it is possible to do so if you exercise abstinence over one or other part of your bi-sexual inclination. Bisexuality is not something I have read or thought about in any great depth but I have been helped by the work of 'Living out' in my understanding of this complex ethical arena. I realize I have more to learn about all this. You might also be interested in this tangential piece 'The revealing Conservatism of J K Rowling' By the way, did I mention that the average age of a person with their bottom on a pew is 66?
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
I have been praying, reading about and learning about mission. I have recently read a book called 'Surprise the world' which has inspired our summer sermon series. Michael Frost recommends we cultivate the BELLS model of mission:
I really recommend you putting this book in your beach bag as summer reading. It is very short, easy to read and contains habits that if we adopted them would transform our communities and churches.
Monday, July 03, 2017
2. I am currently reading a lot about mission. Michael Frost's idea of 'BELLS' that he explains in his little book called 'Surprise the world' is extremely helpful. I have to say it's also an encouragement that we are doing some elements of mission pretty well- particularly eating which is the 'E' of 'BELLS'.
'Sharing meals together on a regular basis is one of the most sacred practices we can engage in as believers. Missional hospitality is a tremendous opportunity to extend the kingdom of God. We can literally eat our way into the kingdom of God! If every Christian household regularly invited a stranger or a poor person into their home for a meal once a week, we would literally change the world by eating!'
Hirsch and Ford quoted in Surprise the world, p.48
3. This is an interesting discussion about the Supreme Court gay wedding cake case.
4. 73% of Anglicans according to BSA think sex before marriage is 'not wrong at all'. I would want to ask if the same group think sex outside marriage is 'not wrong at all' and if not what's the difference? Survey data like this makes me despair at the comprehension of the basic tenets of the gospel, the work of the Cross and realization of the scandal of grace in the C of E.
The word 'porneia' means sexual immorality. In deciding how to translate porneia, we need to avoid extremes or too much laxity and rigidity.......Porneia was, in fact, a generic word for sexual infidelity or 'marital unfaithfulness' (NIV), and included "every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse' (Arndt -Gingrich)
Issues facing Christians Today, Page 294
Sadly, too many Anglicans it would seem do not these days read the Bible, let alone owning a copy of Stott's seminal text on ethics.
5. On the subject of the gospel someone on our current Alpha course said this. 'There are only two categories of people- 'sinners' and 'redeemed sinners'. That phrase has stuck with me all this week. Tomorrow we are exploring the question 'How can I have faith?'.
6. This account about MLJ's needing to 'make room for the cross' convicted and moved me.
7. I have a theory that ecclesiastical and academic titles are the enemy of power in preaching.
8. This Spurgeon line from a handout someone gave me following a gathering of one of our Community Groups is worth a ponder:
'He made you for an end. Find out what that end is; find out your niche, and fill it. If it be so little, if it be a hewer of wood or a drawer of water, do something in this great battle for God and truth.'
9. A few comments on Ordination services that a good number of Vicar pals/ Non-ordained folk have been commenting on as many happened across the country this weekend.
a. In a service with so many guests and people who do not yet know Christ to not preach the gospel clearly and accessibly is surely a radical missed opportunity. To steal a cricketing analogy, on the biggest game of the year we should really try to pad up someone who can hit the ball about a bit and with a proven track record for unction in preaching.
b. Why not have a bit of testimony? We have twelve or so folk who are giving their lives for the good of the gospel and in service of the church so why not ask a couple of them why they are doing it. It may inspire others in their own call:
What was life like before you were a Christian?
How did you come to know Jesus?
Why do you want to be a priest?
c. Don't sing the prayers
d. Choose hymns that people know with a tune they can follow.
e. However committed the person, no one wants a service to last two hours.
10. I went to the licensing of the Vicar of my old church last week. Firstly, the bun fight afterwards was a little taste of heaven seeing old friends and faces, eating sumptuous food and drinking good wine. Secondly, in the morning I had discussed whether or not we can be considered 'the treasure' in the parable of Matt 13. The answer of most of the commentators is no. So this bit of the liturgy was interesting to me:
The Bishop extends his hands over the Vicar and people and says:
The Lord declares this day that you are his own, his treasured possession; work together as a people holy to the Lord your god, and may God meet all your needs from his glorious riches.
All: To God be the glory for ever and ever. Amen
Saturday, July 01, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
2. I friend is being ordained on Saturday which is exciting and I am planning to attend. He invited me by text saying 'You got me into this; so you'd better come'. He will make a fine Vicar. I read this reflection on the nature of ministry and found it a timely challenge.
3. I am greatly enjoying 'The Story of Reality' :
4. Someone asked me on Sunday about the C of E's latest agenda items on sexuality. I pointed them to Ian Paul's piece entitled 'Three miracles'. Won't it be great if the GS ever gets around to speaking about mission and evangelism before deciding to schism.
5. I preached on Sunday about heaven and hell and I tried to tell it as Jesus did. One of the most challenging sermons I have ever listened to is 'Why we all need to gospel' by Francis Chan.
6. Sometimes on a Monday morning it pains me how few in Barnes are in church.
7. I am increasingly convinced that pastors need the skills of the cross-cultural missionary. Yesterday I was reading a book by Andrew Walls and this quote struck me:
'About the third year of my liberation from slavery of man, I was convinced of another worse state of slavery, namely, that of sin and Satan. it pleased the Lord to open my heart......I was admitted into the visible Church of Christ here on earth as a soldier to fight manfully against our spiritual enemies'
Samuel Crowther quoted in 'The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History' , p157
8. This morning I wrote a sermon in my head after reading Paul's experiences in Athens. Given the above, this sermon should be one of our go-to texts.
9. I am going to do some mulling on 'The Five Marks of a Servant Leader'. Number Five reminds me of a Nouwen quote my pal used on our recent church weekend. Christians should seek to be 'downwardly mobile'
10, I enjoyed this review of David Fitches 'Faithful presence'
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
2. The Grenfell tower disaster requires 'prayer not rage'
3. I have been mulling on the parable of the wheat and the weeds.
4. A line from Leading with a limp has stuck with me:
'Courage is fear that has said its prayers' Ann Lamott
5. I spent some time with some of the ''Senior Management" of the C of E and was left encouraged that there is something of a strategy for survival. The big idea for survival is resourcing churches that have planted to themselves plant churches. Now there's an idea. Did I mention I wrote 'Why plant churches?'
6. This article told me the average salary in Kensington and Chelsea is £123k which represents dreadful inequality. That seems to me staggeringly high or have stipends just not kept pace with everyone one else's incomes? Someone tell my Bishop- actually the truth is none of us do this for the money. I suppose a few Russian billionaires must up the average a tad.
7. Many in our days are crying for human justice. In commenting on the destruction of evil and the divine justice of the Wheat and weeds (Matt 13) Michael Green writes:
'All this is very unacceptable to people today; we do not treat evil with great seriousness, and many do not believe in a future life, a heaven and a hell where the great separation will be finalized But it is an undeniable part of the teaching of Jesus. Are we going to claim to know more about it than he?'
Green, Matthew BST, 157
8. I read 'Healing Kenosis and the Third person' with interest. I also mused at my many memories of SS reading this article that appeared a while back in GQ.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Dads be tender with your children
A video to make you think about the best memory you have about your dad (Thinking about my own dad made me cry with thanks and loss)
5 warning signs laziness is creeping into your leadership
Make two lists
A summer list of leadership books
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
2. I have revisited and been humbled again by a book I read a while back called 'Leading with a limp':
'Few leaders operate out of confidence built on anything but the crumbling foundation of arrogance. Few know peace that is not dependent on performance. Few exercise freedom and creativity that are not bound to conventionality. And few possess the capacity to care for people that is not shadowed by either the urge to please others or to knuckle under the tyranny of "should".
Take a different path. As an act of leadership, consider the risk of giving up your life through facing, naming and bearing your weakness, and imagine the paradoxical yet promised benefits. Let's walk into that reality, but it's imperative to remember that all movement into reality requires enormous faith'. (p.8)
3. Tuition fees policy was a winner for Labour. However, I am still pondering how righting off the debts of largely middle class/privileged university students can be considered 'socialist'.VAT on private school fees was to be given back to the wealthy in no university fees.
4. I spotted someone recommending Ann Lamott's Ted talk.
5. I spent the early morning listening to an Irish friend talk about Northern Ireland. So helpful to hear from someone who actually knows something about Northern Ireland and the DUP. Much hangs in the balance once again.
6. I had to take a deep breath of air after reading today's Cranmer post.
'If “Mission is God’s way of loving and saving the world”, does not the mission leader (at every level) need not only to be “sympathetic to” that love, but to have tasted it? You might know in your brain that salt is sodium chloride, but until it has touched your tongue you cannot truly know the full meaning of Jesus’ exhortation for believers to be the salt of the earth.'
7. What a terrible fire in London.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Bring the Books!
What if ebooks came first
Can I forgive someone who doesn't confess wronging me?
Scottish church and gay marriage
The Tory election was a self-inflicted disaster
Bernie Saunders vs the Christian worldview
How I started reading the Bible every day.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
For those of you still working it all out Ian Paul has these three posts:
Why I am a Christian voting for Labour
Why I am a Christian voting Conservative
Why I am a Christian voting Liberal Democrat
The only advise I am willing to offer is vote for someone. If you don't vote you can't complian....
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
1. For a long time it's struck me that it's very possible to lead a church without both prayer or personal Bible reading. This was born out when I read an interview with David Platt, a Bible teacher and preacher I respect. who confessed at the height of his success speaking internationally and writing he had all but stopped engaging with God in the scriptures for himself. There is a stat that is sometimes trotted out that pastors spend less than 5 minutes a day in prayer and scripture which of course I have no way of verifying. The best I could find was this which is happily a tad more encouraging.
2. I have a Facebook Vicar friend who is brimming over with successful initiatives and enthusiasm and offers this across the internet in short films about his church, marriage and life constantly. He really is, as far as I know, a genuinely good and Godly chap, but I have decided that it would not be helpful for me to mirror his approach. I learnt recently that the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek roots en and Theos, meaning in God. Batterson writes on this....'the more you get into God, and the more God's Spirit gets into you, the more impassioned you become' (Play the man, p 81). Though I agree and am something of an enthusiast myself, I resist going on camera as one because I am not sure it would be good for my heart.
3. There was a lady interviewed about her son on the BBC post-London Bridge who spoke about 'religions' in a way that I imagine many secular people would. She quoted the first commandment as 'Thou shalt not kill' and of course it's semantics to point out that it's not. However, we are, as the Archbishop has noted, a theologically illiterate nation and he has had some courage on 'Today' to say as much. He is doing his job which is directing the conversation towards Jesus.. I also read this piece in the Sun quoting my local MP who seems to suggest radicals go to Syria 'for foreign travel and to find a wife'. She might perhaps do well to educate herself slightly better on the theology of Jihad.
Monday, June 05, 2017
2. Archbishop Cranmer has a challenging piece about some of the more stark realities of Islam that politicians to date have been reluctant to articulate. For more about the why's of relativism in our culture do read 'Against the flow'.
3. This was an interesting piece on leadership.
4. I have been mulling on the trend in the C of E to make more 'senior' appointments to head office of varying types and titles tasked with dreaming up new ideas all captured in courses or pamphlets. A Vicar pal commented to me recently that expansion in the upper tiers of an organisation is generally an indication of its final days. He went on to say 'We are greatly deluded to think the answer to decline is more management from above'....'the church is a bottom up organism'.
5. I listened to 'On the mountain' while I was away and it's worth your time.
6. Mrs C did a short talk on our church weekend which she would not want me to tell you about.
7. Batterson's 'Discipleship Covenant' is an interesting idea for any believer not just as a rite of passage for a son. He quotes Diana Nyad's little phrase 'You must set your will' (Play the man, P.168) which is a challenging one.
8. I think people have warmed to Corbyn because he has an integrated front stage and back stage. For more on this, you should dive into the work of Simon Walker. I genuinely have nothing more than a hunch but I think due to this fact he may even be our PM by Friday. Millennials like 'authentic' and he seems to be that.
9. I appreciated Tim Challies on 'Prioritize the local church'
10. I spent the evening with Mrs C watching 'One love Manchester' which told me a few things
a. I've turned into my dad
b. Justin Bieber with just a guitar and voice was simple and moving. I confess I had never heard a song of his (see point a)
c. Imogen Heap was a bit flat or was it just me who thought that?
d. No cameraman was interested in a rear view shot of any artist apart from Little mix.
e. It struck me as interesting that a large crowd chose to sing about love on the day of the festival that celebrates and remembers its outpouring. For more see Acts 2.
f. What a sweet young women Ariande Grande seems to be.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
25 struggles only ENFP's will understand (of which I am one)
Are your reading or feeding on God's word? .(the contents of this short clip have been on my mind all week)
The Benedict Option: a new monasticism for the 21st Century
On saying 'No' to a world famous rock star
Fareed Zakaaira: On the liberal mindset being closed not open
What if unbelievers aren't miserable
Thursday, June 01, 2017
2. As an example of 'With the flow', the Anglican church in Canada voted recently to change their doctrine as it relates to marriage.
3. While I was away I read 'Play the man' and was struck the chapter about wonder.
4, This post made me pause and ponder:
Our main problem is not lack of time or resources or the annoying people in our lives. Your main problem and my main problem is that we do not see enough the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We are not amazed. We do not stand in awe. We are not rendered speechless in his presence.
5, I have been much blessed down the year reading Dash House. It was such a joy to hang out together in Toronto.
6, I have pre-ordered 'The Unhurried leader'.
7, I have been enjoying the song 'Love so great'.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
2. My friend Simon saved our church weekend as our speaker cancelled with three weeks to go. You should listen to these talks on Ephesians 3. It's quite beyond me why someone wouldn't want to hear these three talks at one of the big summer festivals but of course we'd rather have a 'big name' which is of course our great loss. It never ceases to amaze me the treasure trove of teachers and preachers the fly under a C of E banner. We were so blessed. Get Si to do your next weekend away.....
3. Seven ways the OT deepens our love for Jesus
4, Simon ended his talks with this quote from Kierkegaard
''For all that has been thanks. For all that will be yes'
5. I am looking forward to hanging out with Darryl this weekend. I've read and been blessed by his blog for many years.
6. Good post about old books.
7. The book Grit was mentioned on our church weekend and a few of our number have done the Grit test.
8. Off to Canada to do a church weekend for a dear pal and to preach a bit so the blog will be quiet for a few days.
9. I am just closing out 'Love does'.
10. This is a horrifying fact.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Jesus is described as having "an uncanny ability to look past the obvious flaws in people's lives and envision who they could become if the power of God were released in their lives Intrinsically, he just wondered about people. Wondered what they could become. Wondered how they might look in a transformed state. wondered what impact they could have if their lives were invested in things of eternal value'
When was the last time you stopped in the middle of a busy day and simply wondered about someone you came across?
Saturday, May 13, 2017
13 reasons why and its unintended consequences
10 ways to read the Bible more
Church of England Schisim? and Reflections on the Jesmond consecretaton
Mark Zuckerberg's answer to a world divided by Facebook is more Facebook
Trembling in my hands
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
2. I enjoy Kevin de Young's blog and books and note he is something of a high-capacity man. He's the author of 'Crazy busy.' It was a help to me. He has two jobs- a seminary professor and a senior pastor, a Phd in progress, an author, has an international preaching ministry and ....wait for it.....seven kids.....Wow. Pray for him. I've heard him preach and he seems like a good egg.
3. The C of E is entering it's next incomprehensible but not quite yet entered into a 'schism development plan'. Ian Paul to the rescue for what's happened. For a minor point of interest, many years ago I was born again into the love and power of the Lord Jesus in Jesmond Parish Church (the centre of the latest curfuffle).........
4. I've bought 'Play the man' by Batterson. He's another busy bee.
5, I've been pondering on the Great Get Together which is sort of like the idea of something called the church given it's remembering someone who tragically was killed and working good from it (but not church cos it's only on one Sunday...and of course its not about Jesus)
6. Someone cut out Bear and stole him from our Alpha banner.
7. So enjoying preaching a series inspired by this book.
8. This quote was on the Forbes website: 'If you delegate tasks your create followers. If you delegate authority you create leaders' Craig Groschel
9. "For me a leader is a story teller" is something Cardinal Tagle said at LC17 and I haven't been able to shake it.
10. Jean Vanier, when I heard his speak last week, moved me to tears and the word he said that stuck was 'Tenderness'.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Lohse quoted by Lucas in 'The Message of Colossians, p.42
Monday, May 08, 2017
Saturday, May 06, 2017
How do you pray without ceasing and How do I avoid burnout
How Uber's CEO missed his moment to save his company
Leading difficult people
5 core essentials far too many Christian leaders stupidly sacrifice
Responding to open theism in fourteen words
Learning to power off
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
'No one knows how much longer they have in this life- how many breaths, how many beats of the heart, how many opportunities to say 'yes' or 'no'. But we will certainly all stand before our Maker soon enough. And on that day we'll be held accountable for the decisions we have made, and especially for the ways in which we have stewarded and shared the riches of the gospel.......And after more than twenty-seven years as a Christian, I am ashamed to admit how few there may be because of me, how many gospel opportunities I have squandered because I was merely too scared, or too busy, or too uncaring to speak'
Dirty Glory, 218-9
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
What you never know you miss by skipping Sunday morning
How single women became an unstoppable force in Bible translation
If humble leaders make the best leaders why do we fall for charismatic narcissists
Did Jesus die to 'satisfy God's wrath?'
The C of E is a still, small voice of calm for all
Thursday, April 13, 2017
....'sit still without feeling guilty'
2. The baptism pool is up in the church garden. Join with me in praying for warm weather as I am going to be standing in it for a while on Easter day.
3. I have been studying for a message on 2 Thes 1: 11....'we constantly pray for you that our God may count you worthy of his calling'...:
'When was the last time you prayed this sort of prayer fro your family? for your church? for your children? Do we not spend far more energy praying that our children will pass their exams, or get a good job, or be happy, or not stray too far, than we do praying that they may live lives worthy of what it means to be a Christian?'
A Call to Spiritual Reformation, Carson, p.54-5
4. The was an interesting BBC survey of 'Christians' that Peter Ould has done some statistical analysis on.
5. I have for many years been blessed by Oswald Chambers and this review of 'My Utmost: A Devotional memoir' looks interesting. The same list contains a review of 'The Techwise Family' by Andy Crouch which seems required reading for the modern parent, teacher or anyone involved with young people or kids,
6. Darryl has some wisdom if you are preparing to preach this Easter.
7. The dialogue between Matthew Parris and Rod Dreher is worth checking out in this weeks Spectator and its lead article 'Keep the faith'.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Dirty Glory, p 202
2. There is an often publicized figure that '40% of the clergy of the C of E are due to retire in the next 10 years'. Someone recently told me that that figure is actually nearer 70% but for PR reasons no one dare mention this so as not to cause a panic. I am sure it must be possible to work the real figure out factually?
3. I fell asleep listening to this talk called 'Help me teach the Bible'
4. I have put 'Practicing the power' on my list of 2017 reads.
5. I do agree that there has been a stunning media silence since the massacre of Christians in Egypt.
6. I have this quote in mind as encouragement as we approach 24 hours of continuous prayer from 6am Easter Sat to 6am Easter Morn.It's not too late to sign up for an hours slot! :
When your prayers are accomplished and you are in heaven your joy will surely be fuller for having prayed. For if there is joy in heaven at the conversion of a sinner, as at the birth of a new prince and heir of heaven, then in happy proportion shall we rejoice most when our prayers have had a hand in it and a special interest therein. As with your other works, so your prayers follow you "and the fruit of them (Rev 14:13; Jer 17:10). At the Day of Judgement, you shall rejoice with those who enjoyed the fruit of your prayers, you having sown the seed of their happiness. "Both he that sows and he that reaps shall rejoice together' (John 4:36)
The Return of Prayers, Thomas Goodwin, p 25
If I had $220 to spend on a set of books I'd buy these.
7. Love Does.