How one basic act opened up a well-known passage
Every evangelistically active church will find itself working all three angles
Each one had constructed a ring-fenced zone, where sin could roam free but still safely caged. Had none of them watched Jurassic Park?
If you think that saying ‘I don’t know’ means you’re a failure (because you’re paid to know, you ought to know) then you will never learn anything.
Did I just stick Jesus onto a Christ-less sermon, to make myself feel better? Or did I actually preach Christ?
Seven lessons from a superb new biography of a remarkable man.
You probably had somebody turn up at church last Sunday, and they hadn’t been in your building before. And the pastor at some point welcomed such a person from the front, acknowledging their presence. Maybe they pointed them to the coffee, or the Welcome desk. Now think How did the pastor describe them? And what
Two magnificent exhibitions show- once again – why Christians should be interested in history. The first is at the British Library: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War Now I suspect for most of us, the phrase ‘Anglo Saxon’ conjures up a mental image of a bloke in a beard with a sword, probably wearing a helmet,
Do you know which false doctrines you’d love to be true, and why? It’s quite a revealing question.
Two issues dominate when meetings don’t act on the good intentions in the room
Even the best of us can get caught in a bitterness of spirit, whether to an individual, a group, a type or even a whole church.
With Steve Jobs you were only toast if you thought he was wrong but didn’t dare to say so. But I’ve seen pastors act as if disagreeing was an act of treachery.
The idea of the Pastors’ Book Group is that we all read the same book, and then meet up to discuss it over lunch. so what are we reading next, I hear you ask…
I had spent a day being presented with a series of issues on which I was being asked to make decisions…
We usually take ‘self-control’ in a negative sense. Not losing your temper, or not watching porn. That’ s a vital spiritual standard, and we need it. But unless we add in the positive kind of self-control, it’s static.
Theologically, the healthy and wide spectrum resonates with grace, but one end tips into being motivated by guilt, and the other end tips into inertia. One denies the gospel, and the other takes the gospel for granted.
As Peter Drucker pointed out the first question anyone who wants to become an effective leader has to answer is, where did my time go?
Like you, your heroes are average at almost everything they do – you’ve just shone a light onto the brilliant bit.
If you want people to focus and contribute, you need to help them keep in the game. And that gets harder as the clock keeps moving.
Here’s a snapshot of what turned out to be a really frustrating morning. At the beginning, I had around eight emails to answer. Each one I answered generated a reply. So did the next wave of replies I sent. I also had around five I needed to send. Same pattern. And – spoiler alert –