A Prayer for the Spiritual Flabby

“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2) Eugene Peterson, writing about this verse says “Forgetfulness atrophies [wastes away] the muscles of praise and leaves them flabby and passive.”  Forgetfulness, for the Christian, is similar to me not lacing up my running shoes. The effects may not be seen straight away, but the inevitable creep of flabbiness and lethargy will eventually become … Continue reading A Prayer for the Spiritual Flabby

Acts 4: What is your nickname?

This article was first published on our church website here READ “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”)…” (Acts 4:36) THINK This really is quite a remarkable verse! In these 15 words from Acts 4, we read about a man called Joseph who made such an impression upon the Apostles that they started to give him a … Continue reading Acts 4: What is your nickname?

Weight Watchers and Sanctification

In his wonderful book ‘You are what you love’, James K.A. Smith sumarrises the process of santification in one of the most helpful ways I’ve ever heard: “Our sanctification — the process of becoming holy and Christ-like–is more like a Weight Watchers programme than listening to a book on tape. If sanctification is tantamount to closing the gap between what I know and what I … Continue reading Weight Watchers and Sanctification

The one question I ask myself the most often

Here is a copy of an email I sent to our church family today. Dear ::first_name:: I know last week, I said I wouldn’t be doing a weekly update, however, I felt really compelled to share with you my one question I ask myself the most often. Discipleship or probably a better word apprenticeship is the process of not only doing ‘stuff’ for Jesus (a … Continue reading The one question I ask myself the most often

Visulising belief

How do you write a belief statement for a local church? For me there were at least three guiding principles when I penned the belief statement below: Generosity: So much of what we as a local church believe, is shared by millions and millions of Chrisitan across the denominational spectrum and with brothers and sisters who have followed Jesus throughout history. We’re not trying to … Continue reading Visulising belief

Acts 2: A people of Devotion

This article was first published on our church website Read “… and they continued steadfastly (devoted themselves) …” (NKJV) Think If you were to evaluate my taste in films (something that my friends have done with much amusement!), you would find a strong emphasis on the underdog overcoming all the odds.  Despite it’s goriness, I love the film Braveheart.  There is something quite compelling about … Continue reading Acts 2: A people of Devotion