Topic: Spiritual Growth

May 6, 2014
How Do You Do Discipleship in the Schemes?

Almost everywhere I travel I get asked pretty much the same set of questions. By far the most popular is, “How do you ‘do’ discipleship in the schemes?” This is usually followed up by, “What material do you use?” I understand the motivation because it’s becoming increasingly clear to me that much of the work […]

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March 4, 2014
Do Your Monday Mornings Feel Like Friday Evenings? (2)

In my last post, we looked at the issue of stress and burnout. We looked at some of the ways in which over-tiredness can affect us and those around us. Today, I would like to offer some practical tips to help us. Rest is such a hard thing to achieve in our frenetic culture. Finding […]

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March 3, 2014
Do Your Monday Mornings Feel Like Friday Evenings?

We all know that feeling: when Monday morning feels like Friday evening, and the energy levels are at an all-time low. The question of how we recharge our batteries spiritually, physically, and mentally is important for church planters, pastors, and inner-city church workers. I have just spent some time with a dear friend of mine, […]

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February 26, 2014
How Far is too Far in Living for Jesus?

What do we do with the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 10:39? “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” The context is sending out the 12 to proclaim the ‘kingdom of heaven’ (10:7). They were sent out as‘sheep amongst wolves’ (10:16) […]

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September 17, 2013
Glimpses of Grace: The Book Review that Nearly Never Was

So, a friend of mine asked me if I could review his wife’s new book some time ago. He even gave me a free copy to sweeten the deal! I promptly lost the copy somewhere between the US and the UK, and so I sent an email and was graciously sent a pdf copy. I […]

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August 7, 2013
How Church Discipline Honours God and Protects His People

In my 14 years of pastoral ministry, I have stumbled through cases of bestiality, incest, rape, complicated ‘family’ structures, multiple addictions, chronic mental illnesses, murder, and suicide. It has been a struggle trying to work through the mess of sinful humanity in a way that is biblically faithful—both to the injured party, their loved ones, […]

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April 24, 2013
What Do I Do When I Feel Like Moving On?

I picked up this book for two reasons: (1) the title intrigued me, and (2) because I was going through a phase in my life when I began wondering if I would be happier by having a change of scenery. It’s the curse of most pastors, I suppose (the honest ones anyway). If you stay […]

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March 23, 2013
Training and Discipleship in Housing Schemes
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February 5, 2013
How Too Much Discipleship Kills Christians

Our current church membership stands at about 70, with another 10 or so waiting in the wings to be baptised. We have a Sunday attendance of anywhere between 70 and 100 (I suspect that’s roughly the same number of urinals found at many mega-churches). By any description, we are a small church. Yet, as of […]

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January 30, 2013
Why Female Outreach Workers Are So Necessary in Housing Schemes

We have baptised at least a dozen people in Niddrie over the last six months, and it has been a powerful reminder to the congregation and the local community of the saving power of Christ even in the most hardened heart. When I came to Niddrie over seven years ago, there was a young woman […]

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