Thursday, December 01, 2016

A bit and a bob

I watched a bit of 'Brainwashing Stacey' with interest but haven't completed it yet.

A friend texted me yesterday recommending 'It ain't over til its over'

Craig Groeschl seems like he's not a real person but having seen him preach I can vouch that he is. We have practically nothing in common but he might have some communication tips for me.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday musing

I haven't been blogging for a bit so, at the prompting of a pal, thought I should post a ditty or two. Nice to missed.

I have preached a couple of sermons recently, one on heaven and one on trials, and the Lord has shown me grace for them. In the one on trials, I revisited my fathers time in a Korean POW camp as told by my Godfather in 'In Spite of Dungeons'. I nearly cried reading out a quote from it but managed to hold it together.

I am freshly reminded of my desire to at least finish, and at best to 'Finish Strong'.

Mrs C and I painted a room listening to a sermon on hell, Who said romance is dead?

I watched this and am yet to experience anyone offering to give me a private plane.

I've been mulling on this post and noted the interesting transition from alcoholic pastor to church consultant. Also, did I read that right? A $63m church budget......

An update on matters sexual in the C of E. On that same subject, Andrew Wilson has a recommendation for post of the year.

The song 'Good, Good Father' has got into my bones.

I love the Lewis quote at the end of this post.

The Discovery Bible Study is a simple but seemingly rather effective idea.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The chief cause of our ills

‘It is my belief that the modern world  and especially the  history of the present century can only be understood  in terms of the unusual activity of the devil and the ‘principalities and powers’. In a world of collapsing institutions , moral  chaos, and increasing violence, never was it more important to trace the hand of the ‘prince of the air’, and  then, not only to learn to wrestle with him and his forces, but also to overcome them ‘by the blood of the lamb and the word of his testimony’. If we cannot discern the chief cause of our ills, how can we hope to cure them’

Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaking after the Second WW. 

Quoted by Charlie Cleverly in his book 'The Song of Songs: Exploring the Divine Romance', Page 128 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Bible says....

John Piper has responded to Andy Stanley about his thoughts on the Bible which makes for an interesting read particularly for those called to communicate the gospel and preach.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday musing

1. My pal Matthew preached on 'Hope' yesterday and I enjoyed the phrase 'confident anticipation'.

2. This morning I told the story of our church plant to someone which was a helpful process of recalling all that God has done.

3. There is much talk about 'Mindfulness' these days and here are two perspectives about the idea of 'Christian mindfulness'. A yes and a no.

4. I enjoyed this piece about the benefits of long term tenure.

5. Keller has a book about Christmas coming out.

6. Always a good corrective to read 'Four warning signs you won't survive in ministry'

7. I am being blessed by my immersion in Song of Songs through reading Charlie Cleverly's new book 'The Song of Songs: Exploring the Divine Romance'. He was my Vicar when I lived in Oxford.

8. I am preaching about 'Heaven' in a few weeks and Randy Alcorn writes often about it.

9. A take on Halloween (in an American context).

10. The internal battles of even the best pastors.