Being a preacher or teacher is a dangerous business! For whatever reason standing in front of people with a microphone comes with a lot of baggage. Our culture perpetuates the idea that those who are called to lead, teach, inspire and educate us are somehow better than the rest. Unfortunately that is just as common … Continue reading Prompts, Purposes and Plans
We have been working our way through Suits on Netflix for a while now. We enjoy the fun light hearted dialogue mixed with the fast paced drama and many plot twists. As you might imagine for a drama set in a law firm the topic of guilt comes up a lot, which got me thinking... … Continue reading Not Guilty
There can be a temptation to think of the gifts of the Spirit as one off specials or simply as tools in our tool-belt. This way of thinking can lead us down a path where we think we have done that, got the t-shirt, so to speak. We can become familiar with the gifts in … Continue reading Prophetic culture
Have you ever tuned into a conversation that is part way through? Perhaps you walk into a room, or having been zoned out suddenly pick up a phrase the people next to you are saying. Now it may just be in the circles I keep that this leaves you completely confused and sometimes very worried … Continue reading Half the Story
Nothing makes a Brit cower in awkwardness like public praise and appreciation! For some reason a simple public acknowledgement for work well done causes us to reach for those awkward phrases that deflect and look for the nearest exit. Something within our culture and our identity frowns on public recognition. I suspect it has something … Continue reading Receiving Praise
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 love when things are done well. Yet this desire I find within me for things to be done well must be kept in balance. I believe at its heart it is God-given. Like many God-given desires it must find its healthy expression. Unchecked, this desire can reveal an internal pressure to perform to gain … Continue reading In Pursuit of Excellence
What do the two trees in the Garden of Eden have to say to us today?
At the very heart of the gospel is the idea of influence. The word gospel means good news, good news is worth sharing! Jesus introduced the Kingdom of God here on earth. With a crash the Kingdom of Heaven, as Matthew calls it burst onto the earth. The superior reality of the Kings dominion colliding … Continue reading Kingdom influence