John 21 – (Hoofing) Fish, Beach-Fires and Worship #2

I’m typing this post with fingers that still have the faint whiff of mackerel – despite several washings – reminding me that yesterday I was pulling fish out of the sea, left right and centre. The annual Forged in the Fire Fishing Trip was very cool and being at sea for 10 hours filled my mind withContinue reading “John 21 – (Hoofing) Fish, Beach-Fires and Worship #2”

John 21 – Fish, Beach-Fires and Worship

They were totally knackered and hungry, heart-broken and angry, confused and missing Jesus: The disciples had returned to their grass roots at sea to find the encouragement of a good night’s work…but they caught nothing. Not even one fish. Like all groups of blokes, there would have been a range of emotions (or at leastContinue reading “John 21 – Fish, Beach-Fires and Worship”

RN11 – Influence

This week, RN11 has just done what it said it would – rocked hundreds of Nations all over the planet. Headlining the conference was Hillsong NYC’s Carl Lentz, powerfully preaching the gospel of grace and getting rowdy with the guys and gals. He was all about zeal for a life of purity and consecration and,Continue reading “RN11 – Influence”

We’re All Changing: ‘I want’ to ‘they need’

There are two kingdoms: the claustrophobic kingdom of self and the expansively glorious Kingdom of God. One is a kingdom riddled with small-minded selfishness and the other is one saturated with the transforming love and grace of Jesus. The mind-sets of ‘self’ and ‘others’ collide. As believers we are fundamentally subjects of only one Kingdom butContinue reading “We’re All Changing: ‘I want’ to ‘they need’”

Adopted! Romans 8:14-16

The Holy Spirit of adoption compared with the spirit of slavery. It’s like the difference between sitting on your Dad’s knee eating a Werthers Original compared to being trapped hopelessly in a child slavery camp: Loved unconditionally, understood, empowered, protected, believed-in, rescued, highly esteemed and cherished, pleasing. Compared to being over-worked, under-fed, beaten, abused, exposed,Continue reading “Adopted! Romans 8:14-16”

RNX – Becoming What We Are

My, my, my…what a very cool church we have here in Bradford, UK. (www.alm.org.uk). We are in the middle of celebrating 10 years of Rock Nations, a youth conference with plenty of differences. When I was 15 in 1995, we had summer camps in vacated schools and for 2 or 3 days where we used toContinue reading “RNX – Becoming What We Are”