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Culture, faith, Mental Health

The Bothy Sessions: update


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A very exciting collaborative team, including quality film-makers and screen-writers, have now gathered around this project.

We paused on the filming of The Bothy Sessions a couple of weeks ago sensing that there was more in the Lord’s heart about this than just a cool book review/response.

There’s a much-needed, wider conversation about the unique mental health challenges for the Christian, and this is now going to be shot in early August 2018. It’s a humbling undertaking.

In the meantime, if you’re interested, please drop me a line with any questions and – for a little taster – here’s a little more context for you:

The Heart of a Sojourner – the mental health of a Christian

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Does God Like Evangelism?


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My afternoon has been pleasantly hijacked by an Instagram post of my former Pastor, Paul Scanlon.

I have said publicly many times that I respect Paul from a deep heart level – though we barely know each other – and I genuinely did before being blocked by him on Instagram for expressing a respectful question and my subsequent objection at being being ignored/mocked. I was part of his Bradford congregation between 2003 and 2011 and grew in many ways during my eight years serving there under his ministry, including two years of my life invested in his leadership academy.

However, this afternoon, I have disagreed fairly strongly with one of his Instagram posts because I believe he is wrong (more…)

Bible, faith, vlog, vlogger, vlogging

Introducing Counterfeit Vlog


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We’re excited to introduce you to the new Counterfeit Vlog – a collaboration of Firebrand Notes and Sanity’s Cove.

A prophetic call in the midst of darkness isn’t going to sound like a wood pigeon cooing in the trees; it will sound like a foghorn reaching into the wildest oceans:

Averted disaster vs. placated slumber.

Our longing is to glorify the Name of Jesus and to save as many from error as possible.

As Psalm 85:10 says, the kingdom of heaven – like a King who prepared a wedding banquet for His Son – is the perfect marriage of Love and Truth.

You can discover more about this exciting new resource by clicking through to the new Counterfeit Vlog site here.

Just as John the Baptist cried in the wilderness with a message for the people of God, confronting and comforting every fake kingdom on Earth, so we pray that this resource wakens us all increasingly to the beauty of Jesus.

As Edinburgh’s Thomas Chalmers put it in the 19th Century,

The expulsive power of a new affection

Culture

The Apprentice: A Horrible Feminist Hypocrisy


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Emotions Running High 😩

Six weeks ago, I published a blog that immediately hurtled to the top of our most-read list – a list that’s been around for more than a decade. You can read Why Every Man Must Step Up His Response to #NotAllMen” HERE.

One of the reasons that it was read so widely – apart from the generous sharing from friends – is that #MeToo and #NotAllMen were trending globally, pointing to the fact that the various digital blows had caused significant ‘feeling’ within both camps who were vehemently defending their respective hashtags. (more…)

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The Apprentice: I Genuinely Believe


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I’m sure a lot of us are looking forward to this coming Sunday and the final of the twelfth series of Lord Sugar’s The Apprentice. I for one am going to be genuinely nervous for young Courtney as he attempts to string four or five words together before his buffering kicks in like a pre-broadband dial-up. Seriously though, I wish the lad well – wouldn’t he be the most unlikely winner ever?

Watching the semi-final last night, one main thing struck me and actually spoke to me quite powerfully: No, not the unbelievably unprofessional business plans that are handed to Claude and Karren every single series; no, not the unbelievably stupid personal content on the candidate’s CVs; no, not the unbelievably fabricated facts and figures that the young entrepreneurs think will hold water.

The thing that struck me most (more…)

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FOCUS (helping you to be the boss of social media)


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How long is your attention span, d’ya reckon? Short, medium, long? Solid, average or shockingly poor? Have you noticed that your attention span has changed?

Let’s be honest.

The world of social media is one gigantic enemy of keeping a focused life. Versus all of its obvious advantages is the simple fact that it exists to insatiably tug on our coat tails like a bored child seeking attention so that we might make it the soul focus of our lives: (more…)