When God wants to change the world…

N.T. Wright on the beatitudes. Just stunning! “When God wants to change the world, he dosn’t launch missiles. Instead, he sends in the meek, the mourners, and the merciful. When God wants to put things right, he dosn’t scramble combat jets; he calls people to love and do justice. Through these kinds of people the blessings of God’s reign begin to appear in the world.” Continue reading When God wants to change the world…

A prayer for spiritual renewal

How do we pray for spiritual renewal in our communities? There is a link between the renewal of the individual and community-wide transformation we often dream of in revival type situations. Here is a prayer that joins the two together… Dear Father, I know that salvation belongs to you and so I pray for the awakening and enlightening of hearts in ever expanding circles from: … Continue reading A prayer for spiritual renewal

“Dear Friends”

When was the last time you read First John? One of the remarkable things about this short letter is the relational potency to John’s writing. He uses phrases such as: Dear friends Dear children Fathers Young men This letter drips with family culture. The question that must be asked, when we see this relational topography to this letter is, does my life, ministry and church … Continue reading “Dear Friends”

The many little deaths in serving others

Richard Foster in his excellent book Celebration of Discipline (pg 110) writes:   “In some ways we would prefer to hear Jesus’ call to deny father and mother, houses and land for the sake of the gospel than his word to wash feet. Radical self-denial gives the feel of adventure. … But in service, we much experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. … Continue reading The many little deaths in serving others