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Reading, Theology, Worship

No Compromise


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I’m currently reading Tom Wright’s brilliant biography on the Apostle Paul. I’m also currently reading “No Compromise” by Melody Green – the life story of her late husband Keith Green.

Books separated by 45 years of church history and current affairs, they are dissimilar in many ways but, at their beating heart, are actually more alike than they’re not.

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to take a chapter from Wright and a song from Green and blog about the essential nature of these two men used mightily of God, though in different ways and at different times.

Keith Green, like the radical Jim Elliot, died tragically at the age of 28. I’m now 38 and so have already had an extra decade more on the planet than did these two fine brothers.

Like Paul, for to me to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21) and, convinced of my fruitful labour for the progress and joy in the faith of others, (Philippians 1:25), I too will remain and become even more undignified than this as I learn to love as I should, singing and proclaiming unto Christ a ‘new devotion’

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

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

Bible, song of solomon, Theology

Song of Solomon: Virginal Wooing


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Have you ever ordered more pizza than you needed? Like me, you probably tried to eat it all because you’d spent the money but also had some tasty cold pizza left over for breakfast the next day.

Blogging through our Song of Solomon series has been a little like this for me: far too much for one or two or even three sittings but tasting better every time I return for more – often after significant indigestion.  (more…)