Married to Elaina. Post-Graduate Student at The University of Manchester. On Team at New Life Church. Coffee Drinker and Thought Thinker.
These are both on today's agenda. Incredibly thankful this morning for the long history of world-class academics who also love Jesus and his Church. I have had the privilege of studying under both of these men. My faith-life has been directly impacted by their academics. Never let it be said that those two things are best left separate.
@mrselainagrace was pure 🔥 this morning at @iamnewl1fe! 🖊what happens when happiness fades? We can either continue chasing happiness, something that is always temporary, always fleeting, or we can cultivate a life of meaning upon the foundation of Christ Jesus and we can depend on the Joy that is rooted in him. And Joy will remain.
John and Dawn (and Simeon and Beth-Anne), I know that we are family.. but over the past two years have allowed me to become Family with a capital F. More than that you've been friends, allies, confidants, advisors, and dog walking compadres. I'm exceptionally thankful that you've been (geographically) so close over the last two year and despite the distance I am confident that that closeness will remain. We wish you every blessing, in a multitude of forms, over this next season in Gloucester and beyond. Thank you.
📚 "Life is ambiguous. There are loose ends. It takes maturity to live with the ambiguity and the chaos, the absurdity and the untidiness. If we refuse to live with it, we exclude something, and what we exclude may very well be the essential and dear - the hazards of faith, the mysteries of God.
Jeremiah ends inconclusively. We want to know the end, but there is no end. The last scene of Jeremiah's life shows him, as he had spent much of his life, preaching God's word to a contemptuous people (Jer 44). We want to know that he was finally successful so that, if we live well and courageously, we also will be successful. Or we want to know that he was finally unsuccessful so that, since a life of faith and integrity doesn't pay off, we can get on with finding another means by which to live. We get neither in Jeremiah... In Egypt, the place he doesn't want to be, with people who treat him badly, he continues determinedly faithful, magnificently courageous, heartlessly rejected - a towering life terrifically lived."
🖊 From the conclusion to this exceptional book. Certainly one of the best books I've read in the past 3 years (off the top of my head). Eugene Peterson's reflections and insights are as profound as his writing is beautiful. A true master of his work. Many thanks go to @davidsharvey for the recommendation.
@mrselainagrace was on fire 🔥 this morning at @iamnewl1fe!
Speaking on gifts, expectations and limitations the one thing I really took away was that the right gifting in the wrong context will be a nuisance, but the right gifting in the right context will always bring life and sustenance.
There's many speakers I enjoy listening to, but this one is my favourite!!
This may look like a normal cardboard box. But it is in fact the beginning of 'The Minimalist Game' inspired by @theminimalists.
August is the month I've had in my head for a while as a month to refocus and reorientate the habits and rhythms of my life. This is just one way I hope to begin this over the next month.
New Years resolutions aren't bad, but why only seek to develop, improve or change once a year? Growth may be seasonal, but personal growth isn't restricted by the same calendrical seasons as nature.