Go in MY strength – not your own strength

Recently I was reading Judges and I came across a few verses that stirred my heart. God addresses Gideon, who in turn addresses God. read on: God said, Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you And Gideon replied, My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe ofContinue reading “Go in MY strength – not your own strength”

Somebody is calling you out of the crowd

We all have a favorite band, team, preacher, etc. We tend to follow their progress; listen to their music or teachings. We follow them, perhaps closely, perhaps from a distance. We invest our time, energy, and even our money in following them. Following others is a natural aspect of life. We are all following someoneContinue reading “Somebody is calling you out of the crowd”

012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista

The sun is shining on Harrogate today and I can hear the morning coffee call. Responding to the call I step into my local independent coffee shop. I’m greeted by the owner and the barista, both of whom are bright and cheery. The welcome is warm and authentic. This place is a little treasure troveContinue reading “012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista”

There is so much new life in the darkness – so take heart

Life can be described in terms of shades: dark and light; black and white. We think of darkness as bad and light as good, yet God created darkness and light and said that it was all good. Even God Himself brooded in the darkness before the creation. Many of the most expressive and creative peopleContinue reading “There is so much new life in the darkness – so take heart”

God is big enough…

Have you ever faced a circumstance of life that has proven to be rather difficult? Life is like that sometimes: Sometimes we find ourselves in a ‘circumstance’. Sometimes things just don’t work out. The natural thing to do in such times is to attack or retreat: We lash out at those who are hurting us. WeContinue reading “God is big enough…”

Are you a city on a hill or a spooky castle?: Thoughts on discipleship and leadership

I was listening to the EntreLeader Podcast recently as I drove to work. The presenter described the interviewee as ‘a city on a hill’. I loved that description and was struck by the thought that Christ-centred people are called to be cities on a hill. And then I thought… …AM I A CITY ON A HILL?Continue reading “Are you a city on a hill or a spooky castle?: Thoughts on discipleship and leadership”

Praxis 1: PRAYER

Prayer is an inspiring and a confusing activity! It’s the very thing that keeps us connected to God, yet it’s one of the most important practices we can be involved in. Prayer is all about our relationship with God which requires practice and perseverance. It’s also what brings the personal into personal relationship. If you’ve everContinue reading “Praxis 1: PRAYER”