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Eschatology, Evangelism, Jesus, Theology

What Do You Think of Jesus?


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Jesus. You might love Him. You might hate Him. You might reduce Him to fanciful notion and religious crutch. Jesus. Regardless, I have come to find Him to be irresistibly, insatiably and authentically Who He said He was: the Way, the Truth and the Life – the only reconciling way to know and embrace the Father. Jesus. Very God of Very God. His loving Presence unmistakeable, incomparable. His eternal, infinite reality transcendent over everything physical and emotional and spiritual, making perfect sense of our incomprehensible smallness. Jesus. He is Sanity in anxiety; He is all substance found in faith. I don’t think we really know what it means to abide in Him; I don’t think we really know what it means to pray. So much of life and so much of “church” conspires against these bread and butter inheritances. Some wittingly some unwittingly. Either way, I believe God wants to revive us through tears. No man lives via bread alone. Check out my vlog on prayer via my author’s page here and, if you haven’t already, grab a copy of Body Zero by clicking here.

Is there more to life than this? Heck yes. The supernatural life of a disciple of Christ… enough wasted time. We need to be radically prepared for His return.

Bible, Eschatology, Theology
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What do you think about denomination?

Here’s the fifth VLOG in the Body Zero series accompanying the groundbreaking book of the same title.

You can buy the book here and view the videos here

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

evangelism

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…)