Feed the five thousand? How much food does it take to feed a crowd like that? Five lorry loads full? Jesus is given a gift. Five loaves and two fish. It’s not enough. It’s an imperfect gift. Jesus takes the imperfect gift in his hands. He lifts it up toward the heavens. He gives thanks. … Continue reading Imperfect Gifts?
I believe in one-thing-living. I believe in one-thing-thinking. I believe in finding focus in a world of multiple distractions. I believe that the pursuit of one-thing gives much needed motivation, direction and clarity. (Check-out Philippians 3:13 if you don’t believe me.) I believe that double-mindedness brings instability. (Check-out James 1:8 if your don’t believe me.) … Continue reading One Thing?
The building is not the Church. The Church is the people. Agree? Meet too! The Church of Jesus Christ can meet together under a tree, in a home, in a rented cinema, in a school hall, in a market-square, in secret or in a purpose-built auditorium. The location is largely irrelevant; it’s about God’s people … Continue reading Spaces and Places (and why we should invest in church buildings!)
There are just two jobs: Humility. Promotion. You get to choose one of them. God’s preference is that you would humble yourself, so that He can do His job of lifting you up. Problems come when you choose the wrong job and exalt yourself because then God picks up the only other job that’s available, … Continue reading Two Jobs
Who is going to talk about our weaknesses? It was just a few days after my friend and colleague had died. Simon’s life had tragically been cut short by cancer at the age of thirty-four leaving behind a beautiful young family. There were multitudes of questions circling my mind. This was the first one I … Continue reading Weakness
Spontaneity is overrated. The most important things in life usually require intention rather than spontaneity. Bad things happen to people who only pay their rent when they feel like it; when they only turn up to work when when they feel like; when they only invest in their marriage when the mood takes them. The … Continue reading Practicing the Presence of God