Posts filed under: Jesus

I love the following passage from Eugene Peterson, “The Word Made Flesh“, the whole book is great – I have previously reviewed it, and I recommend it.  The quote below is a response to the constant (it seems) pursuit of the famous, the cool, the uber-hip, the trendy, the beautiful, the eloquent – even in Christian ministry,......
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Here I am riffing on a “Thought for the Day” message from 2012, thinking about what Christ’s Ascension tells us about God’s love and His presence. We are not alone, YOU are not alone . . .  [Edit : 16/06/16] I have not been able to get “Thought 4 The Day” (Radio 4) out of......
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As we approach the end of the year we can sometimes find ourselves in one of three places mentally, spiritually, emotionally . . . they are these (all from personal experience!) :: Excited beyond words.  Yep, absolutely ready for it . . . we have plans and motivation for next year and we can’t wait......
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There are lots of things you can do with your youth or children’s group.  I mean, LOADS of things.  But, do you spend as much time and effort considering what to be? No resource, curriculum, activity, programme, theme or visit will bear as much fruit as being these five things: Be Observant.  What do you......
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I have collected a bunch of diverse, amusing, profound, reflective, clever, funny and off the wall “Christmas” videos . . . TWELVE in all, to reflect the 12 days of Christmas.  However, if you know of some other GREAT videos for use at Christmas (nativities, Christmas eve services, carols etc . . .  ) do......
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Have you ever stood in a tunnel, a great chasm or a room with a huge vaulted ceiling? There are places where even a whisper can echo and resonate and boom! I have stood inside an acoustic wonder – the Taj Mahal in India. I still recall the smells, sounds and sights of that wondrous......
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Y.O.U.T.H.W.O.R.K. T.H.E. C.O.N.F.E.R.E.N.C.E. This is the first of three blogs on why you should consider joining us for Youthwork The Conference – taking each letter from the Conference title (why couldn’t it be shorter!) this first post gives you 9 reasons why you should join us! I’ll be following up with another 3 and then......
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Lead Yourself – Nobody Else Will. I have been working since 1986.  That is 29 years so far.  The best boss I have ever worked for was a Lt Col. in the army back in the early 90s.  I was an idiot.  This guy, John Powell was his name, picked me up and worked with......
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This blog post is not about the expectations of a 12 year old joining a youth ministry.  This post is about our expectations as those leading youth ministry of 12 year olds. What will they do?  What do they know?  Will they hack it after “just” being on the receiving end of children’s ministry? We......
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Ethos, Pathos and Logos. We have Aristotle to thank for these.  The art of rhetoric is not new or recent and goes right back to ancient Greece.  The challenge when thinking about these three keys and public speaking is they are all about persuasion.  Bringing people round to a way of thinking or challenging beliefs......
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