Thursday, December 24, 2009
He seemed to sum up the trouble we are in in secular, materialistic Britain. It is an interview with a thoughtful, lucid and interesting man called John Arthur. He, like 500k other elderly in the UK, will spend his Christmas alone. Do listen to it if you can it is called 'I miss the warmth of family'
One of my many things today has been, with another, to take a dear lady communion this morning. We read scripture, we prayed and then we all sang 'Thine be the glory' together. It was a holy moment.
I love the church.
Bless you all this season.
Signing off now for a wee blogoliday
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Reformissionary offers up his Albums of 2009
A disturbing report called 'Sinking or Swimming'
Light, Life and Love in a bunker.
Tim Challies is conducting an interesting discussion with an athiest
And ten more books read in 2009
A friend posts his concern about mockery.
And the difference between orphans and children.
My friend has started a blog for her YWAM DTS adventure in Lesotho which will be fun to follow.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The Purpose Driven Life (the world's best selling book) has a superb first line.
"It's not about you."
As you look towards the next decade here are some things you might like to journal about (put a moleskine on you Christmas list or buy a present of one for yourself). You might want to take half a day or a couple of hours over the holiday and stand back and also look forward. Here are some ideas.
There are lots more ideas here and watching this is helpful too.
1. Before I die
As I am so often reminded our time is finite but no matter how long we may or may not have it can be fruitful. Klug recommends writing a list of '100 things I would like to do before I die'. Let your imagination run riot, you may repeat things and don't worry about practicality. Then turn your list into a journal entry and offer it as prayer.
You might want to work this up into a PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT (I have linked to the Fanklin Covey one which might be a help)
2. I have a dream
What are your dreams. Allow yourself to dream with hope. Dreams for your work, your children, your family and friends, your church. Again don't try to be too practical just dream.
3. Back from the future
Leap forward 25 years and imagine that the 25 years that have past have been happy, blessed and fruitful. Describe what has happened in the last quarter of a century. I love what Rick Warren says "What's in my hand?". What have you been given and how are you planning to steward it. You have gifts, resources, background, influence, education, relationships and circumstances. "What is in your hand?" This is perhaps your question my friend.
4. Dying and rising
Martin Luther (following Paul) saw the Christian life as daily death and rebirth-as the old nature dies and the new nature lives in God's resurrection power. Look at the pattern of your life. What is dying in your life (relationships, commitments, dreams, goal) What is rising? (new habits, hopes, challenges and experiences)
5. Spiritual legacy
'What will I leave behind?' Imagine you have reached the end of your pilgrimage on earth. Where have you sown? To whom do your bequeath your material and your spiritual resources.
6. The final journey
Take some time to write down what you think about life and death. Where did these ideas come from? What questions do you have? Ask yourself 'Has my life been wasted?' 'What do I still need to do?' 'If my time was finite and a lot less than I might be assuming- how would I be planning differently?' "How do you want to be remembered?'. 'What will your obituary be?' Challenging stuff I know but it is the one certainty we all face so we may as well wake up to this reality.
Monday, December 21, 2009
A very helpful post on navigating through questions about evolution.
Here are some books and some more books and even more books.
John Howard Yoder ( H/T Scott McKnight)
Some amazing spontaneous worship (H/T Joe Thorn)
The many ways of destroying a church
And if you read a better illustration of the incarnation this Christmas then do let me have it.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I thought so.
What usually happens is you leave and go somewhere else. This happens in businesses, the arts, in parenting, in marriage and in the church. People are always 'leaving' in life-sometimes physically or maybe just emotionally-but going somewhere they think will be better-but seemingly not at Google.
What would it mean to give 20% to your spouse?
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009
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Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
1. From running programs to building people
2. From running events to training people
3. From using people to growing people
4. From filling gaps to training new workers
5. From solving problems to helping people make progress
6. From clinging to ordained ministry to developing team leadership
7. From focusing on church polity to forging ministry partnerships
8. From relying on training institutions to establishing local training
9. From focusing on immediate pressures to aiming for long-term expansion
10. From engaging in management to engaging in ministry