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    Tom Cannon writes about church life that may not have evident bells and whistles, but which is a vehicle through which grace is mediated over the long haul. For all those pastors and churches who plodding for God. A very … Continue reading

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    Bonnie Gray writes about three unexpected ways to make God known, in a post published at Catalyst Space. So often stress causes us to try harder, rather than rest more in God. Wouldn’t it be something to have a reputation … Continue reading

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    John Piper writes in appreciation about J.I. Packer’s determination to finish at full pace. Whatever that pace may be. This is not an invitation to recklessly overdoing it, or to impose your insecurities on others whose work then becomes enabling … Continue reading

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    MGPC consciously seeks to nurture its life as a Multi-Generational church. Mike Lee has a post expanding on these six strengths of a multi-generational church. Strengths of the Multi-Generational Church Multi-generational churches remind people that the gospel is for all … Continue reading

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    William Taylor, Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate speaks about the singular necessity of sitting at Jesus’ feet in discipleship and ministry. Those who preach and those who hear must share the conviction that we must sit at Jesus’ feet and … Continue reading

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    Good words from Graham Nicholson at the Hawthorn Presbyterian Church blog on the danger of reducing response to rules. An excerpt: When the heart is focused on keeping rules as rules and not as a response to God or his … Continue reading

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  • 02/16/15--18:17: A Better View Of Lent
  • My feed-reader is filling up with a variety of reflections on Lent. I’m among those who are not practitioners. This piece by Sarah Condon at Mockingbird is very constructive in reminding us that Christian devotion must focus on what Christ … Continue reading

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    I seem to be getting back into writing articles for our local newspaper, The Border Watch. This one was published today, with the editor titling it ‘Easter A Season To Focus On God’. Maybe I’ll start working on titles as … Continue reading

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    A helpful article on ministering to folk whose spiritual lives seem to be constant struggle. If you’ve been in ministry long enough, you’ll find yourself helping someone whose problems never seem to abate. You repeatedly remind them of the gospel … Continue reading

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    I’ve got to confess that sometimes I have no idea where these articles are going to end up. This ended up as a complete rewrite of the second half. The Border Watch decided to give me a sub-title this week: … Continue reading

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  • 06/16/15--06:00: Elisabeth Elliot
  • Elisabeth Elliot died on June 15 at the age of 88. Search around the internet; there are tributes of all types all over the place. My favourite quote from doing some research today. From Shadow Of The Almighty: “One does … Continue reading

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  • 06/18/15--17:39: Living For Eternity
  • This week’s Border Watch piece is a reflection on the lives of Elisabeth and Jim Elliot, Elisabeth having died during the last week. The paper titled this ‘Lives Sacrificed To Help Strangers’. The story is more amazing than any work … Continue reading

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    “A man can’t be always defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it.” C.S. Lewis, Reflections On The Psalms, pg 7.

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    Sandra McCracken and Sara Groves perform McCracken’s song Dynamite (from her album Desire Like Dynamite). Here’s what McCracken has to say during the song: “Some friends and I went on a pilgrimage to meet Wendell Berry one afternoon and had … Continue reading

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    Following Jesus and seeking platforms are compatible. Jesus is fame-shy. Jesus seemed drawn not to the spotlight but from it. Disciples and friends had to search. He wasn’t tweeting. His blog lay unattended. His email responses were not immediate. Where … Continue reading

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    The Lord Jesus has borne the burden of judgment for the Christian’s sins. Then Jesus calls on his people to bear each other’s burdens. From Daniel Hyde, in a post at Ligonier: …since we in the new covenant are all … Continue reading

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    Stuart McAllister of Ravi Zacharias Ministries reflects on a story from a collection by Tolstoy: In a certain home town there lived a cobbler, Martin Avdeitch by name. He lived in a small basement room whose one window looked out … Continue reading

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    Zack Eswine writes about that moment when you realise you need something that God knows you need all along: This pastoral paradigm was bringing us face-to-face with an old joke in Christian circles. “Pray for anything except patience,” the joke … Continue reading

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    From an article by William Willimon on pastoral ministry and change titled Why Leaders Are A Pain: The promise of all bogus religion is the promise of a peaceful life without pain. That’s also the subtext of lots of sermons … Continue reading

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  • 02/25/16--18:14: Thinking Time
  • Another article for our local paper. I spent most of Wednesday positioning myself near windows so I could see the rain falling. And, as boring as it is supposed to sound, hopefully I’ll be able to watch grass growing over … Continue reading

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