Author Archives: jamespetticrew

BODY BUILDING: for the Body of Christ

Gymnasiums are packed with people exercising, sales of organic food and sugar free drinks are going through the roof, all because people want to have as healthy a body as possible. That should be our aim when it comes to … Continue reading

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CHURCH = A COMMUNITY OF CONCERN & CARE

I’m immersed in Romans 12 thinking about what it means to be the church. What struck me forcefully this morning was the thought that for Paul authentic Christian community will always be characterised by a genuine concern and practical care … Continue reading

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VITALITY IN MINISTRY: Wesley Meets Breen!

I am currently doing some work for a seminar for new ministers and so I have been thinking about avoiding burnout in ministry. I have come to the conclusion that perhaps the most effective way to avoid burn out in … Continue reading

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WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MISSIONAL? 

There is no doubt that “missional” is the in vogue word among Christians at the moment. Stick “missional” into Google and be prepared for the search engine to complain of exhaustion. In some ways I think this is a good … Continue reading

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ESSENTIALS FOR MAKING DISCIPLES

ESSENTIALS OF DISCIPLESHIP  “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,* baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. … Continue reading

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​In the Kingdom of God there is No Pecking Order and No Second Class Citizens

  Watching Usain Bolt at  the Olympics destroy the opposition with his scorching speed in the 100 metres while at the same time hardly seeming to break sweat or even take the whole thing very seriously reminded me of a … Continue reading

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Kodak, Hirsch & The Future of The Church

Over a shop on the little island of Gozo in the Mediterranean where we often go on holiday  is a faded yellow sign which is a monument to one of the biggest and most unexpected bankruptcies in recent corporate history, … Continue reading

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