Thursday, December 31, 2015
2 Scary close by Donald Miller: I am not quite sure why Don Miller seems like a close friend despite my never having met him. His latest book continues his life story as it unfolds before us- and indeed him. I guess this section of his life story could be called 'mid-life and commitment' (finally). I enjoy his writing, his observations and was fascinated by all his fears surrounding commitment and marriage. Being a man who waited until 45 to find my bride and enter wedlock, Don and I had much to trade on the state of our souls with regard to relationships. Every time I finish one of Don's books I look forward to settling down on the sofa with the next one. Let's hope he keeps living such an interesting life.
3. Us by David Nicholls: This made me laugh out loud from the first page and is a black comedy about a marriage in trouble. This is a man in a mid-life (something of a theme) crisis, which is much of his own making and the reflections on dad's and teenage son's were fascinating. Nicholls manages to capture so much that characterizes middle class, middle England in a way that is worryingly familiar to me. The turns of phrase and wonderful insights about modern family dynamics in secular culture are truely priceless. Underlying the laughter though, is a sad tale of a man and women who have failed to build a marriage and they only discover so when its too late to do anything about it.
4. Live Love Lead by Brian Houston: I found this to be a good and informative read telling the story of Hillsong. Houston is clearly a very gifted leader and witnessing him show amazing grace and counsel to Driscoll and his taking a bullet or two for him when he didn't need to prompted me to buy his book. He has much to offer those who seek to become better leaders, much to share about failure and controversy and his love of the church is catching. Hillsong has had an incredible impact in just one generation and the C of E would do well (as HTB do) to look at some of the best ways they are managing to connect with folk in post-Christian culture. We have much to learn from them I think and very little time left to learn it.
5. Against the flow by John Lennox: John taught me a bible class at Vicar Factory and also taught us preaching. He's a simply splendid man. This is the book of the lectures he gave us on Daniel. Lennox is one of the great apologists of the faith but is also a humble and clear bible teacher. If you want a book to make Daniel help our cultural challenges come alive then this is the one for you.
6. Praying the Bible by Don Witney: This very thin book is a one about the Psalms and since reading it I have been trying to pray the Psalms with more intention and it's working. I confess I am not praying through all of them every month as Witney does but I am using the Psalms as a spring board to prayer rather than endlessly praying my list. Believe me, this little book has the power to transform your prayer life.
7. The Road to Character by David Brooks: My 'pick up and put down' slow read of the year and it's well worth investigation. Basically, he takes a number of famous lives and tries to unpick what influenced and shaped their character. There are plenty of good and interesting observations and quotes in this one to keep you going for ages.
8. Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron: My friend and worship leading colleague Will put me on to this one and I enjoyed it. This is a fictional tale of a mega-church pastor whose world hits the buffers of doubt only to be saved by a bunch of monks in Rome. This is the vehicle Cron uses to tell the story of St Francis and bits of it hung around with me long after I had finished it. However, it probably won't be everyone's cup of tea and for (reformed) theology wonks it might have you huffing and puffing in quite a few places but I think that's just as Cron intended it!
9. The Imperfect Pastor Zack Eswine: I become more and more convinced that few pastors finish the race well and the opening chapter of Finishing Strong becomes ever truer as I witness the lives of those who lead as the years pass. I am simply hoping, by sheer grace, that I make it in some semblance of good order over the line. This is such a rich book that I thank my blogging pal Darryl Dash for putting me on to. I intend to soak in its words for at least another year and probably longer.
10. The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson: I love Churchill and this was on my Christmas list and I have been falling to sleep reading it since unwrapping it. Not a lot of new material here but if you like a bit of bombastic biographical interpretation of a great life then Johnson is your man. Terrific stuff.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2. Here's my advice and I tell you this in the strongest terms I can. 'Don't watch porn and do everything you can to protect your kids from it'. It's deadly.
3. This is a Good best books list 2015.
4. Using this film tomorrow.
5. This film for the Life Course made me laugh out loud. You could use it for Alpha.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Christianity 2016 Book Awards
Loneliness in ministry
Five errors to drop from your Christmas sermon
You don't need a date night
Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
Five misconceptions about pastors wives
How should Christians think about Star Wars?
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
A revisionist critique of the Gove/Welby Spectator interview (Welby has, at times, an impossible job with every tribe looking for him to champion their cause of which, I might clearly add, revisionism is not my own)
Russell Moore on Trump and Muslims
Reflections on Top 25 Christian Classics and Tim Challies Top Books of 2015
A crash course on Islam
The most essential life skill and Top Book list by Category
The Essential Chesterton
Monday, December 07, 2015
The crucial secret every leader should know
Just war and Syria
Ten church planting proverbs (thanks Darryl for including me but must pass the credit for the line to my friends John and Ellie Mumford. I have however found it to be true!).
Friday, December 04, 2015
Advent is a time when we think about judgement and in Matthew 7 Jesus speaks to us about that with bells on.
My passage of the week is v 21-27
''What does it mean to build on a solid foundation? It means more than hearing God's word taught and becoming familiar with it, or even agreeing with it. We can do all that and still be a spiritual fool (v 26) Obedience to Christ's word distinguishes the wise man from his foolish neighbour......and the true Christian puts into practice what he has heard from the Master in this sermon. The point of having choices set before us is that we might choose'
Sinclair Ferguson, The Sermon on the Mount, p.170
Thursday, December 03, 2015
We preachers like a good bit of passionate talk and he certainly gave us that.
Now , you may or may not think the vote went the right way and, as an aside this caught my eye today, but this seemed to me like a defining moment -as Bill Hybels would name it
Was a new leader born before our eyes?
We'll wait and see.
All arm though to Hilary's elbow for picking up the ball and seeing where it might take him.
We'll discover where it leads soon enough.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Lots in the news about war and bombing which Ian Paul has a view on.
I am always trying to learn how to encourage, develop and manage folk better and this was a help-
What amazing bosses do
Rev Barry Kissell had a powerful word for our joint-churches prayer meeting which has encouragement I think wider that just us. This from Russell Moore also struck me deep.
A pal put me on to this initiative to fight porn called 'Fight the new drug'. Fascinating links on how porn impacts the brain, relationships and society. If you have kids, sadly many of them are probably watching porn so you need to read this site.
Some pastors get lonely and yours might be one of them and this offers some good advice. Perhaps, think of a way to encourage your pastor/Vicar as the year comes to a close.
This book about being a pastor caught my eye,
Desiring God has its best books list which will now be coming in thick and fast.
A word to myself on what they need on Sundays. This is my passage for next week which will require some study methinks.
This is a healthy challenge to the C of E in the Guardian suggesting it needs to die to survive.
The Im-perfect pastor should be in every Vicar's stocking especially those who don't think it's for them.
'One of the lifelong privileges of our pastoral ministry in Jesus is learning to see people as people and ourselves as one of them' (p.41)
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Why I've lost faith in Downton Abbey
Miroslav Volf asks 'Is it time to eradicate religion?'
Grace may yet make us traitors
Why its time to turn the music off
Andrew Neil's message to those who attacked Paris
The foolishness of Stephen Colbert
Friday, November 20, 2015
Leading from the inside out: The art of self-leadership, Samuel Rima, Page 28
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Also, I've ordered this book because I am one.
Too easily, I fail to see my own shortcomings and offer way to little encouragement to others.
We did an interesting little thing on Wednesday as a team and simply shared one thing that has encouraged us. There is nothing like a bit of good news, however small, to take your eye off whatever might be wrong or not have gone to plan.
Here is a thought as we end the week. Encourage someone. Drop them a line, tell them face to face, give them a call or offer to pray for them.
It works a wonder.....
Monday, November 16, 2015
My pal's life verse and biblical hero is Acts 9:17.
Tim Keller's 9-11 sermon called Truth, Tears, Anger and Grace is probably worth a re-listen given the events of the weekend.
Sometimes something catches my eye that looks interesting and I then wonder how on earth I can get hold of it if it's not on Amazon?
This post got me wondering about the state of pastoral care in our church and its relationship to growth.
A friend had something encouraging for me today but worried it would stoke my pride so asked if I wanted to know. I said yes and have since been reflecting on pride which is of course pretty much the root of everything that's not good. As C S Lewis observed:
“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
A challenge for Phelps (HT Challies)
Spectator best and most over-rated books of the year
'They are cutting us all down one by one'
Keller on 'Knowing your ocean'
Reading John Newtons Letters
7 things every growing church struggles with
Debating the Pembeton tribunal
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Pope vs Church and Bishop Ball
5 reason preachers avoid sermons on hell.
Chaplain called to resign for quoting the Bible
Early suffragettes would not agree with feminists today
The Episcopal churches first black leader
Getting it into your head
N T Wright 'What is marriage for?'
3 reasons to keep praying about the same thing
Missing the ever-present
Saturate (includes 4 good questions to ask)
Friday, November 06, 2015
'Seeing signs and wonders, and being amazed at them, and giving the miracle-worker credit for them saves nobody. This is one of the great dangers of signs and wonders: You don't need a new heart to be amazed. The old fallen human nature is all that's needed to be amazed at signs and wonders. And the old fallen nature is willing to say that the miracle worker is from God. The devil himself knows that Jesus is the Son of God and works miracles (Mark 1:24). No, Nicodemus, seeing Jesus as a miracle worker sent from God is not the key to the kingdom of God. "Truly, truly I say to you, unless you are born again he cannot see the kingdom of God"
In other words, what matters is not merely affirming the supernatural in Jesus but experiencing the supernatural yourself.'
Finally alive, Page 30
Thursday, November 05, 2015
'When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy. Those Divine demands which sound to our natural ears most like those of a despot and least like those of a lover, in fact marshal us where we should want to go if we knew what we wanted' (C S Lewis 'The Problem of Pain' quoted on p.69)
Tim Keller offers an observation about the gay Anglo-Saxon warrior
We are loving Downton.
This asks the question 'Before I die I want to...'
I spoke on a weekend away and someone recommended 'Seeking God's Face' to me which might interest you if you are looking for a new devotional for 2016.
I enjoyed reading the chapter 'How to pray' in this.
Can you find a better ad that personifies consumer idolatry than this ad? I wanted to save this until Christmas but I'm a sharer so enjoy and feel free to use as part of your Christmas day sermons :)
The C of E wins its court case.
Which job should you get with your personality type. Last time I did the test I was an ENFP.
Perry Noble asks the question 'Should women preach?'. We've rather decided that one in the C of E...
Toby's talk on 'Why did Jesus die?' is a very good one.
Someone pointed me to 'Become good soil' which I had a click around on.
We have 'The New Baby Mothers Survival Guide' in our bathroom for Mrs Cooke's perusal.
I note from these book briefs that Kevin de Young and I are both reading 'A Righteous Mind'. To be a little more accurate, he seems to have read it while I fell asleep reading the first chapter. However, I mean to read it which is I suppose a start.......
If you are a Christian leader, I imagine reading this book is never going to do you any harm.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Keller has written a book of devotions on the Psalms.
John Lennox, who taught me preaching at Vicar factory, told us that we would not survive in ministry if we thought studying the Bible for sermons was enough. I've found this to be true.
This piece about church plants hitting Year 7 has at least given me a four year early warning.
What Robert De Niro can teach you about leadership.
Rosaria Butterfield's new birth account and her commentary on Roman 6 in 'Openness unhindered' stopped me dead in my tracks. Stunning.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
2, I am finding Kenneth's Bailey's book 'Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes' a huge treasure trove for my sermon on the Lord's prayer. He has also done one on Paul.
3. The many debates about human sexuality and the church have a backdrop about whether or not scripture has authority. I re-listened to Keller's talk on the Bible which was very helpful to me as well as reading this at Jesus Creed.
4. "Ninety-five percent commitment to Christ is 5 percent short" Bill Hybels in 'The Call to Lead'
5. I am teaching on a weekend away on the book of Daniel and have found 'Against the flow' by John Lennox to be a tremendous resource.
'Surely it is but elementary spiritual logic that if we wish to persuade others that God is real and that it is possible to have a vibrantly meaningful relationship with him, we shall have to be personally loyal to God and his Son and adjust our lives to be consistent with our fundamental Christian confession, "Jesus Christ is Lord."'
Against the flow, Page 59
6. I can't get the song Waiting Room out of my head from Daniela Hogger's new album Arms Wide Open
7. I bought a Blok induction speaker in Hamley's. No idea how it works but it's amazing.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
The social brain
Thresholds of violence
Nine ways to think like a leader via Don Miller
Letter to a perplexed 11-year old
We're in a terrible muddle over freedom of religion
Preach as if you would die and go to heaven when you've finished
Your small church is big
Gospel conversation in an age texting and tweeting
Thursday, October 22, 2015
In the C of E we use the descriptor 'Priest' and Graham Tomlin tries to explain what we mean.
I can't stop singing Scandal of Grace from this album. It made me cry in the car on the other day driving to Tooting.
I am going to RSA vs NZ @ Twickenham on Saturday by the scandal of grace.
A fascinating article on 'The new sexual identity' which introduced me to the term 'pan sexual'.
I try and have one weighty theological tome on the go to stop my brain atrophying and mine for 2015 has been this one Could next years be this?
I read about the life story of Ben Carson and the account of the knife and the belt as his turning point was amazing.
Brene Brown has things of value to share.
What's wrong with this picture.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
One of the things that still shocks me in counselling, even after all these years, is how little I often know about people I have counted true friends. I can't tell you how many times, in talking with friends who have come to me for help, that I have been hit with details of difficulty and struggle far beyond anything I would have predicted. Privatism is not just practiced by the lonely unbeliever; it is rampant in the Church as well'
Monday, October 19, 2015
John Piper quoted in 'The Plausibility Problem', Page 48
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Giles Fraser on blowing up rural churches
If we can't make up can we still kiss
Boredom is not a problem to be solved
Thick skin, tender hearts and four types of leader
Stott on the greatest enemies
Five strategies for daily Bible reading
Friday, October 16, 2015
Coincident with this, I read this observation in a book I've just started:
'Jeremiah received a tough calling from God; to speak God's word to God's people. The words God wanted Jeremiah to speak were words of warning to shake them up and wake them up, But nothing goes well for Jeremiah. No one likes what he has to say.
God tells him to keep speaking, so he does. He gets beaten and put on display for shame. And in Jeremiah 20, he tells God how he feels: You sweet talked me....and I bought it. This isn't what I had in mind." Jeremiah was torn between being faithful to his calling and his ache for success.
The call to lead is never easy. And it often requires us to prioritize faithfulness over success. We must learn to give up the ache to be successful in the eyes of the world and go with what God is calling us to do. Leaders of God's people always sense this inherent tension to their calling: in their ministry, in their personal life, and in the pursuit of their God given mission'
'The Call to Lead: Following Jesus and Living out your mission'
Hybels, Ortberg and Allender,
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Here are a few books among the huge number of resources that have and are helping me form my understanding of some of the issues. I take a traditional view, in keeping with the current stance of the C of E on human sexuality which is:
The Church of England’s teaching position on same-sex sexual activity has been set out in a series of reports and motions. The 1991 report Issues in Human Sexuality endorsed the traditional Christian belief that the teaching of the Bible is that heterosexual marriage is the proper context for sexual activity between two people. It went on to declare that what it called 'homophile' orientation and activity could not be endorsed by the Church as:
'... a parallel and alternative form of human sexuality as complete within the terms of the created order as the heterosexual. The convergence of Scripture, Tradition and reasoned reflection on experience, even including the newly sympathetic and perceptive thinking of our own day, makes it impossible for the Church to come with integrity to any other conclusion. Heterosexuality and homosexuality are not equally congruous with the observed order of creation or with the insights of revelation as the Church engages with these in the light of her pastoral ministry.'
This position was endorsed by the pastoral letter and statement on same-sex marriage from the House of Bishops in February 2014, and is the basis of the view expressed there that ‘the Christian understanding and doctrine of marriage as a lifelong union between one man and one woman remains unchanged.
......Where the Bible mentions homosexual behavior at all, it clearly condemns it. I freely grant that. The issue is precisely whether that biblical judgment is correct. (Walter Wink)
This is an issue of biblical authority. Despite much well-intentioned theological fancy footwork to the contrary, it is difficult to see the Bible as expressing anything else but disapproval of homosexual activity. (Diarmaid MacCulloch)
The task demands intellectual honesty. I have little patience with efforts to make Scripture say something other than what it says, through appeals to linguistic or cultural subtleties. The exegetical situation is straightforward: we know what the text says. But what are we to do with what the text says?... I think it important to state clearly that we do, in fact, reject the straightforward commands of Scripture, and appeal instead to another authority when we declare that same-sex unions can be holy and good. (Luke Timothy Johnson)
(Quote from the essay by Ian Paul in 'Grace and Disagreement'- setting out the Traditional Biblical position- which is the official reader for 'Shared Conversations')
Reading that I have found/am finding helpful around this subject:
Homosexuality and the C of E Andrew Goddard
Grace and disagreement: A Reader
The Bible and Homosexuality Gagnon
The Moral Vision of the NT Hays
Who is my enemy? Nathan
A Review of 'More Perfect Union?' by Andrew Goddard
The Bible and Same-sex Relationships: A Review Article by Tim Keller and a Response from Matthew Vines
Have we misread the Bible?
The Plausibility Problem Ed Shaw
The Righteous Mind Haidt
Tim Keller answering 'What do Christian's have against Homosexuality?'
Openness unhindered Rosaria Butterfield
Personal Identity in Theological Perspective Eds Lint, Horton and Talbot
Feel free to add anything else to my list in the comment section that you may think constructive and helpful.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
I preached on anger and emailed this talk to someone I spoke to afterwards.
The C of E does have a bit of dosh sitting around as this article shows and we should probably crack on and spend some of it while there is still a bit of a C of E left.
A pal at my Pastor's prayer meeting this morning told me he showed this film at a men's breakfast and it made a few of the assembled cry. I said I'd try to watch it so why don't you too.
Mark Marx who founded 'Healing on the Streets', preached at the weekend and seemingly it's a really good talk.
I bought a couple of books in the HTB bookshop today and this was one of them.
As you may know, I am going to spend three days talking about human sexuality as part of the C of E's 'Shared Conversations' and a pal recommended this and this to add to my already long book list of reading. I had already added this.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
10 ways to make better announcements in church
12 things successful people never tolerate
10 ways to resolve conflict with your pastor
5 surprising things about churches reaching the next generation
No more excuses
Bake off Britain
The secret to a long life
About not waiting until marriage
Thursday, October 08, 2015
2. The Bishop of London's lecture has been much commented on with good reason. I hope the Diocese of Southwark (the other half of London) might give ear to some of it's lessons as we appear to be in steep attendance decline and financial free-fall (we carried a deficit of nearly £1m last year).
3. Some good thoughts on discipleship
4. Karen's talk on law and grace is a blinder.
5.Three clever pastors chew on the question of suffering.
6.'Praying the bible' has got me immersed in the Psalms anew.
7. Spent the day with J John who has booked the Emirates for a mission
8. A moving and sad story from the Ashley Madison affair (via Mark Meynell)
9. The most important verse in the Bible? Suggestions for alternatives on a postcard please......
10. We have Tom Elliot with us tomorrow at HT Barnes which should be fun.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Jean Smith told me her story. She was in her mid-sixties. She came from Cwmbran in Wales. She had been blind for sixteen years. She had a white stick, and a guide dog named Tina. An infection had eaten away at the retinas and mirrors behind her eyes – they could not be replaced. She was in constant pain.
Jean went on a local Alpha course. They had a day away to focus on the work of the Holy Spirit. During this time, the pain left. She went to church the following Sunday to thank God. The minister anointed her with oil. As she wiped the oil away she could see the communion table. God had miraculously healed Jean.
She had not seen her husband for sixteen years. She was surprised at how white his beard was! Jean had never even seen her daughter-in-law before. Her six-and-a-half-year-old grandson used to guide her around the puddles to avoid her getting her feet wet.
He said to her, ‘Who done that Gran?’
She replied, ‘Jesus made me better.’
‘I hope you said thank you, Gran.’
‘I will never stop saying thank you,’ she answered.
Saturday, October 03, 2015
The ache I feel as I watch America brings me to tears
Friday, October 02, 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
God wrote a book
Welby breathes new life into the Anglican Communion
7 habits of highly annoying clergy on Social Media
The problem with one of the biggest changes in education around the world
The age of loneliness is killing us
This is the best of times and the worst of times
My favorite leadership quotes and what they teach me
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
The Myth of Quality Time
The Achievement Habit
Redeeming our reading and How making time for books made me feel less busy
Does the C of E require radical surgery or should it be allowed to die a slow death?
Elsa from Frozen vs Martin Luther
The inappropriate clergy awards
Four characteristics of emotionally healthy churches
Kevin Vanhoozer's Pastors as Public-theologians and The story of the OT in 11 books
Giving your pastor feedback on a sermon
Is the migration about increasing wealth rather than poverty?
Ten expressions that should be banned
Monday, August 24, 2015
1. Remember it relies on God and not you. We have been singing the words 'Sovereign over us' all year and I hope they are getting into our DNA.
2. Read the Bible for yourself every day. Phil Moore's BiOY tweets are blessing me. Do watch 'Coffee with God' again and maybe buy the new NIV Study Bible as new kit can sometimes kick start a flagging habit.
3. Have a few people in your life who you can be real and share things with and be in a Community Group.
4. If there is an order for things it's this: God, marriage, kids, work, everything else. Notice where work comes on the list. Someone in our church was really blessed recently reading Keller's book about work called 'Every Good Endeavour'
5. Fly fish.
6. Keep reading (listening to) books and the list of those that can bless, grow and encourage you will never exhaust. I found a new list only today.
7. Cultivate the habit of regular time with God. Mine is called 'Going to the wilderness' which is a place I go regularly and have done for 20 years with my Bible, journal, a book or two, some music where I walk, pray, listen, write and think. Someone in our church is going for the first time and I think this resource might be a help to them.
8. Eat curry.
9. Keep listening to good and challenging teaching. There is lots of it around- just find some (and a variety) and sprinkle your heart with it.
10. Try not to worry about your kids. Piper has some advice on this one.
11. By all means have people who inspire, teach and encourage but always remember God has called you and wants you to be you not ....(fill in the blank of the person, church, pastor, friend or work colleague you are subconsciously trying to emulate or compete with)
12. Remember it's not what you do that matters it's who you are. I'm still reading 'A Road to Character' and may well not get through it this year but its got some helpful truths to impart.
13. Be brave and never forget you have an enemy. I've been watching the very poorly reviewed and ridiculous film Troy and a line in this clip has really stuck with me.
14. Tribes are imperfect things but work out which one your part of and do what you can to serve and encourage it. Try not to expend energy dissing everyone else's or bigging up yours. There are 12 and they all have good bits and bad bits.
15. Tell stories. We are all part of a story and are writing them with our lives so take time out to tell bits of yours to encourage others.
16. Two sets of words that I constantly return to in the Bible: a. 'Follow me b. 'But now'
17. Read though Romans with a pen in your hand at least once a year.
18. Take your day off and 'Date your wife'
19. Learn how to make chutney
20. Personality types are all very well but never forget you're the child of a king.
21. It may not be 'Men on Mountains' but if you can come up with a better reason for why I'm still standing then do let me know.
22. No one cares how big/trendy/ sound/ visionary/ happening/ respected/growing/ cool and radical your church is. It's a church and there a lots of them. Join one, love it, give to it, pray for it, encourage whoever leads it and pour yourself out for those who are part of it until Jesus returns. Nothing will prevail against it and that's because the church is not yours it's Jesus' and it's the only thing that's going to last.
23. Listen to this talk once with your husband or wife or friend and reflect on it. If you are are single (which I was for 45 years) this talk is a help.
24. Start a journal and this book might help get you started.
25. Make love to your wife/husband
26. Give some money away and open a bank account to enable you to do it (and get the tax back).
27. The line from this talk that stuck with me was 'What amazes me is old people who are still buying things. What's the point?'
28. Have a worship album on the go and a song (below) and read an un-challenging novel.
29. Sometimes I order a book that I know will have a nugget or two that could have a lasting impact on me but will also have things in it that make me shout 'Nooooooooooooo'.
30. Laugh and, whatever you do, don't take yourself too seriously.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
The Extinction of the C of E: Two issues
The Black Dog 10 years on
The straight man who spent a year pretending to be gay
Why it's hard to make friends over 30
The Global Leadership Summit Highlights
25 Questions for a prospective pastor to ask a church
How to read a book in a way that produces change
How to get a good education and Bisexual is now everywhere and nowhere
Can good management save the C of E?
And sometimes we are in need of a new idea or a fresh skill and Brandon Cox has enough for you to start the term on.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
In light of this, it slightly beggars belief that the primary thing the C of E is putting its time and money into is Shared Conversations about sexuality rather than urgently gathering its leaders to equip them for mission and evangelism. Such is the way of things. Now, if I were recommending one chapter read for SC- I would point you to the chapter on homosexuality in Richard Hays masterful work 'The Moral Vision of the New Testament'