Category: Thoughts

The Favour of Man

“The focus is not Joseph’s winsome personality, but on God.” – John Piper (Providence, pg 386-7) “The LORD…gave [Joseph] favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison” – Genesis 39:21 In my reading of the story of Joseph (and with similar characters such as Daniel) who gained the favour and recognition of those…

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Loose Cords

“Your cords hang loose; they cannot hold the mast firm in its place or keep the sail spread out” – Isaiah 33:23 I came across this verse in my Bible readings this morning. I was convicted. There are a lot of areas in my life in which I can identify loose cords. Cords and rigging…

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Be someone worth imitating

I read an article recently which struck a bunch of chords and resonated with some of the principles which I highly value. The article was an excerpt from Bobby Jamieson’s recent book: The Path to Being a Pastor. (High up on my Wishlist at the moment!) So what stood out? Our western culture tries to…

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Understanding Spiritual Authority

In my thinking recently, I’ve been encouraged to reflect on leaders that I have known or seen in the past, who evidenced Spiritual Authority. (This is part of the Leadership mandate – Hebrews 13:7-8). What did these leaders have in common: 1) Intimacy with Jesus. Probably first and foremost, what attracted me to each of…

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A Learning Posture

Each culture and sub-culture will have a slightly different definition of what constitutes a ‘learning posture’. In my neck of the woods, I think reading is characteristic of learning. For some it will be taking online video courses, listening to podcasts. For others it will look like a regular conversation with a wise mentor. We…

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Coffee-Preferences

Since the lockdown began around year and a half ago (how time flies!), I’ve taken up an interest in coffee. Of course, I’ve enjoyed coffee for quite sometime before COVID hit, but it’s really been since being stuck at home for so long that I’ve really been paying attention to brewing it with some semblance…

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Called or Qualified for Ministry?

In my experience of being a Christian within so called “charismatic” churches, I have heard quite a lot about being ‘called’ to church leadership. We talk about someone being ‘anointed’ to lead worship or being set apart by God for leadership in a local church. We might say that God has called us to minister…

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