Life is full. About 9 months or so ago I realised that "busy" was fast becoming my stock answer to "how are you doing?". I don't know if others noticed but I was definitely getting bored of this reply! So I decided to stop. Life is always busy, the real question is with what. I have started preferring the word "full"! It may just be code for busy but at least it feels like a more interesting answer! In my "full" life, managing work life, home life, raising two little girls under the age of 3 and running a school of ministry on the side I have been on an intentional pursuit to understand rest...
Once again we find ourselves in a season of reduced sleep, being sicked upon, late night cuddles, endless nappies and much talk of bowel movements. The amazing thing is we wouldn't change it for a moment. We welcomed the beautiful Abi into the world just over a month ago and she is amazing!
I have been reflecting recently on how we have to be so careful in Christian leadership about the view of God we present to others. If we are not careful we can unwittingly creating the impression of a distant or somehow mystical and ethereal God.
"The church camps around the sermon; Israel camped around the presence." - Bill Johnson A stirring quote from Bethel's senior leader and yet it reveals an important truth about our priorities. The most important thing to Israel throughout the Old Testament was not their inspiring leaders, fathers or even their most revered scriptures the Torah. The focus of … Continue reading Presence Possibilities
We all have a tendency to worry about things from time to time. That is probably why Jesus said "Do not worry" in various ways and at various times. He knew that as we faced up to how little of our surroundings we actually had control over in life we would tend to worry. What … Continue reading Get worried!
There is nothing more precious than the presence of God. This series explores the story of God's presence throughout the bible and explores how we can host him well in our midst. In the first two parts of this series (Part 1, Part 2) I set the scene by exploring the topic of God's presence … Continue reading Hosting the Presence – Part 3
There is nothing more precious than the presence of God. This series explores the story of God’s presence throughout the bible and explores how we can host him well in our midst. In the first part of this series we began to explore the story of God's presence in the Old Testament. God chose to … Continue reading Hosting the Presence – Part 2
There is nothing more precious than the presence of God. This series explores the story of God's presence throughout the bible and explores how we can host him well in our midst. The bible opens with such a stunning scene. The God of the universe creates a magnificent universe full of wonder and delight. He … Continue reading Hosting the Presence – Part 1
The older I get the more I have realised that there is not much "pure" in life that we come across. There are mixed motives, hidden intentions, mixed messages and half truths at every turn. I used to take the approach of throwing out information that I was suspicious of very quickly. I used to … Continue reading Eat the meat, spit out the bones
This topic can cause a lot of controversy within the church and I make no apologies for a little theology. When we come to Jesus are we still sinners or are we saints? It might seem like a pointless argument but I believe the answer holds keys in how we impact our planet with the … Continue reading Saints or Sinners?