Thursday, October 30, 2014
'Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God's messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.'
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
(Free as an ebook -126 pages):
'Man, think on eternity,
And do not mock the time of grace,
For judgment is not far off. '
Monday, October 27, 2014
This talk 'Cultivating Private Prayer as a Pastor' gave (and is giving) my prayer life a kick.
So good and so much food to chew on.
Oh that we pastors would pray with more zeal and more expectation.
Oh that I would do so.
Do listen to it, pastor or not, and I do believe there will be some nuggets that will light the fire of prayer in you once again.
Apparently, one in fifty of the C of E's clergy don't believe in God and we wonder why we are struggling a tad.
I am still chuckling about a phrase Geoff Surrat used about applying Willow leadership fads to the local church. He said too often pastors find themselves ''Up a creek without a Hybels"
I am so enjoying Shrink. I've had it now for a few days and it's dog-eared and heavily underlined. So much that Tim Shuttle writes is resonating with me and the way I am shaped. I used a story about Andre Agassi in my sermon on 'Justification by Faith' (do listen to this by Keller if you want a primer on what JbF is!)
This story that Ann Voskamp posted is one to read about Ebola.
I have been mulling on the testimony of Rev Richard Coles and the fact that Forward in Faith Bishop Jonathan , Episcopal overseer for traditionalists opposed to the ordination of women, has asked for permission to remarry which has been granted.
Since reading about Rev Richard Coles I have been singing 'Don't leave me this way' around the house which was something of a dance floor smash in the 80's. To my disbelief, Mrs C had never heard of it and was not even helped by my trying to dance to it in the style of Jimmy Sommerville. She was only 8 in 1986 so I've let her off the hook on her musical ignorance. Next things is she'll be telling me she's never heard of 'Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark' :)
The is a lot of darkness advertising locally. Halloween is Christmas for the other side. I always remember Danielle Strinkland's phrase in a talk at Soul Survivor that went something like- 'where the light is passive the darkness advances unopposed'. It has and will act as a wake up call for me and our people.
Boris Johnson has written a biography of Churchill called 'The Churchill Factor'.
We had a fantastic film sermon at our 16:30 service. It used the film 'The Guardian' which for some reason had passed me by. If you watch this film and it doesn't ignite the evangelist in you then I'll eat my sandals of peace. I watched it last week and, of course, it made me cry.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Chances are your teen is watching porn
How to prevent the extinction of the C of E
5 Lessons from Driscoll
How to get a good nights sleep
7 things you need to stop doing to be more productive via Dash House
What millennials misunderstand about marriage
15 things to start doing by the time you are 30 via Preacher smith
When the churches "welcome" to LGBT people hurts
Piper, Keller and Carson share some encouragements
How to get things done: Organisation and Systems
Learning to lead differently as you age via Head Heart Hand
How to save a Diocese and How to save the C of E
Thursday, October 23, 2014
From BiOY today:
'He is one of my great heroes of faith. He was a model of godliness, faith and humility. God used him greatly. When he died in 1982, his executors were unable to trace a single member of his family still living. No one came forward claiming to be even a distant relation.
Yet, The Times obituary about him rightly noted that his influence within the Church of England during the previous fifty years was probably greater than any of his contemporaries. John Stott, who was one of the numerous influential Christian leaders whom he led to faith in Christ, said of him: ‘Those who knew him well and those who worked with him never expect to see his like again; for rarely can anyone have meant so much to so many as this quietly spoken, modest and deeply spiritual man.’
Why was this man, the Reverend E.J.H. Nash – better known as ‘Bash’ – so useful to God? How can we be useful to God? It is no secret, the Bible tells us how.
St Paul writes, ‘In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets – some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing’ (2 Timothy 2:20–21, MSG).
John Stott writes, ‘No higher honour could be imagined than to be an instrument in the hand of Jesus Christ, to be at his disposal for the furtherance of his purposes, to be available whenever wanted for his service.’ Being useful to God starts with dedicating your life to him and re-dedicating it regularly to his service.'
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Five principles of prayer
7 things your church needs from you
Hillsong and Evangelicalism's Future and A Church in Exile
Three reasons Mark Driscoll's resignation changes everything
Advice to young pastors from Keller et al
The Hopeless Marriage via Tim Challies
When a pastor resigns abruptly
5 reasons people aren't volunteering at your church
What if having an extraordinary life isn't the point
How to be refreshing in your local church via Dash House
Becoming an influential leader
Insight into Nigeria's Mega-churches