Monthly Archives: December 2011

WHAT IF?

WHAT IF? What if Church was about being part of a revolution not being a member of an institution? What if church was about doing life with people rather than sitting beside them once a week? What if what Jesus’ … Continue reading

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LOST IN UNTRANSLATION

When it comes to communicating with people with different languages most Scots belong to the “if you say it loud enough and repeat it often enough” the daft foreigner will eventually understand it school of linguistic theory. The number of … Continue reading

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UNLEARNING CHURCH

Another update of an old post I bought a book a while back with the title “Unlearning Church” that title is also a pretty accurate description of the journey I have been on over these last few years in how … Continue reading

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NO BYPASS TO GLORY

Recent piece for an advent blog I am helping to write TODAY’S READINGS: Psalm 125, Malachi 3:16-4:6 & Mark 9:9-13 As I am writing this I can hear the traffic on the Edinburgh City Bypass roaring by. The bypass lies … Continue reading

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THE UNSUNG HERO OF CHRISTMAS

In come ways its strange not being in an established church at Christmas. I am not preaching at all this Christmas so I thought I would reproduce and update an old Christmas sermon, just to keep my hand in 🙂 … Continue reading

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EVANGELISM, SNAKE OIL SALESMEN & MIME ARTISTS

So we are working our way through Mike Frost’s THE ROAD TO MISSIONAL and have arrived at chapter two “SLOW EVANGELISM: Moving Beyond The Four Spiritual Laws.” For me personally this is the most important chapter in the book because … Continue reading

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ABANDONING LITTLE BO

One of the things I love about living in Edinburgh is being able to go to Murrayfield, Scotland’s international rugby ground. Along with about 67,000 other Scots I cheer Scotland on until I am hoarse. (I have groaned quite a … Continue reading

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Renewal Movements v Reactionary Movements

If you are interested in thinking about missional expressions of Christianity, particularly outside the US I would recommend a well written and thought provoking book called MISSION SHAPED QUESTIONS edited by Steven Croft. It’s a collection of essays from an … Continue reading

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“Microwave Mentality or Slow Cooker Spirituality?”

I have always regarded John Wesley as a sort of historical mentor. His example has been a real inspiration and his writings have played an important part in shaping my thinking. Of everything that I have read from Wesley there … Continue reading

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THE INTROVERTED CHURCH

Going to bring over some posts from a previous blog Ok I’ll make a confession I have an introverted streak, not quite a mile wide, but it’s a substantial part of my personality. Frankly, I enjoy being on my own … Continue reading

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