God’s Exchange

AlleyLast week, we read Psalm 84 in our Bible reading plan as a church. This psalm is a cry of longing to be in God's presence. In Old Testament times, God's presence was localised in the Temple at Jerusalem. Some Israelites only made a pilgrimage there once a year.… Read the rest

The Parable of the Sheep and Goats

GoatsThe Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matt.25:31-46) occurs at the end of a lengthy teaching that Jesus gave in a private conversation with his disciples during the final week before his crucifixion. In response to their questions about the end of the age (Matt.24:1-3), Jesus outlined the signs of his coming (Matt.4:4-41) then focused on their need to be prepared (Matt.24:43-44), responsible (24:45-51), ready (Matt.25:1-13), productive (Matt.25:14-30), and living lives of compassion towards the needy (Matt.25:31-46).… Read the rest

Nobody Did It!

You might have heard the old story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody: 

There was an important job to do and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.Read the rest

Willow Creek Leadership Summit 2012 – Reflections (Part 5)

SummitMy final reflections:

11. The Advantage (business consultant and best-selling author Patrick Lencioni). 

Building a healthy organisation is the single greatest competitive advantage. There are two requirements for organisational success: (1) be smart - strategy, marketing, finance, technology and 2) be healthy - minimal politics and confusion, high morale and productivity, low turnover. Most companies spend 80% of their time on #1.… Read the rest

Willow Creek Leadership Summit 2012 – Reflections (Part 2)

SummitHere is part 2 of my reflections on the recent Willow Creek Leadership Summit:

5. Great by Choice (Jim Collins).

Business professor and lecturer Jim Collins studied two teams travelling to the south pole, one who failed and one who succeeded, as part of answering the questions: "Why do some enterprises thrive in uncertainty and others do not?"

The X factor of great leadership is humility + will (he calls these "Level 5" leaders in his book Good to Great).… Read the rest

Grace by Which I Stand

KeithI was thinking of an old song by Keith Green this morning: Grace by Which I Stand. It was written after Keith had been a Christian for many years and in many ways it shares some aspects of a 'Stage 4' experience of faith. Here are the lyrics:

Lord, the feelings are not the same, I guess I'm older, I guess I've changed. And how I wish it had been explained, that as you're growing you must remember, That nothing lasts, except the grace of God, by which I stand, in Jesus. I know that I would surely fall away, except for grace, by which I'm saved. 

Lord, I remember that special way, I vowed to serve you, when it was brand new. But like Peter, I can't even watch and pray, one hour with you, And I bet, I could deny you too. But nothing lasts, except the grace of God, by which I stand, in Jesus. I'm sure that my whole life would waste away, except for grace, by which I'm saved. 

Wow, how true is that … it's all by God's grace, not by our goodness or efforts in any way at all.… Read the rest

Rhythms of Grace

GraceHere is another one of my favourite sayings from Jesus

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest.Read the rest

Psalm 16

Ps 16One of my favourite psalms is Psalm 16. It was given to Nicole and I on our wedding day by my brother-in-law, Frank Damazio. 

Psalm 16 – A Psalm of David

Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.Read the rest

A Crossroads Experience

CrossroadHere are some insightful words from the prophet Jeremiah, spoken 1000s of years ago but highly relevant for our lives today: 

Jer.6:16. This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.Read the rest

Abiding in Christ

VineSome well know words from Jesus …

John 15:4-5. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.Read the rest