Topic: Wisdom

April 30, 2021
Discerning God’s Wisdom from the ‘Wisdom’ of the World

Our first and foremost struggle with wisdom is that without Christ, our position is spiritually dead, putting true wisdom beyond our grasp.

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March 24, 2021
‘Voices’ (The Book of Proverbs)

When we read the book of Proverbs, or any other book in the Bible, we must do so through the lens of the cross.

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April 6, 2020
Is Now the Time to ‘Get Out There and Love People’?

Pastor, now is not the time to drum up false enthusiasm.

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April 1, 2020
‘Voices’ (The Isolation Sessions)

‘When the voice of folly speaks, with her charm and vanity, though seductive her deceit, give us hearts that run to Thee.’

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October 13, 2014
Church Planting Basics: Make Sure You're Not too Welcoming!

The early stages of forming a launch group for a new church are particularly vulnerable. Once word gets around that something ‘new’ is starting, people will want to become a part of it. This is both good and bad. It is good if you attract the right sort of people. They are very few and […]

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September 30, 2014
What's Best Next? The Gospel and Getting Things Done

I picked this up to read and a friend immediately commented: “Is that one of those self-help books? What are you doing reading that?” I responded that I didn’t think it was, but would let them know when I’d read it. With a recommendation list that includes a practical ‘who’s who’ of the modern Evangelical […]

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August 13, 2014
The Importance of Spiritual Pruning for Growing Healthy Churches

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1) At Niddrie, we are having our annual ‘prune’ as we review our ministry across […]

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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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April 1, 2013
A Working Class Manual on how to Reach the Middle Classes with the Gospel of Jesus

Congratulations. You have been saved from a housing scheme background and you have taken the step to enter into cross-cultural ministry. Ministering to the middle class is fraught with many pitfalls and dangers, and is therefore not to be entered into lightly. Please take time to read the following. As a people group, they are […]

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March 27, 2013
How NOT to Engage Your Community With the Gospel

There are lots of little articles flying around the ‘blogosphere’ on how to be more ‘missional’ etc. Some of them are helpful and some of them are breathtakingly hilarious. Here are some of my tips of how not to engage ‘evangelistically’ on a housing scheme. Remember, it’s just for fun! 1. Sit in the front […]

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