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books, Theology

Vimeo Showcases Jesus Come


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This year has been very busy throughout. I’m certainly not complaining though because it has also been a very fruitful year.

In the summer we released the groundbreaking book Body Zero – Radical Preparation for the Return of Christ.

We had a publisher all lined up, a contract signed, sealed and delivered but, as the 1st of July approached, (the release date that I knew the Lord had given me), they started to get cold feet. So, long story short, I pulled the book from them and made the brave decision to go completely independent.

Here’s a wee video of behind the scenes of that hectic first couple of weeks in July:

Following the release of Body Zero, the book fell into the hands of the very kind team at Prophecy Today UK who reviewed it very warmly, plugging it for us in their magazine and again in their newspaper a few weeks ago leading up to a Christmas.

You can read the Prophecy Today UK review here.

Consequently, we’ve had to go back to our superb printer and arrange a second print-run!

We’ve also wanted to have “taster” vlogs available for each chapter; something to whet the appetite amidst the busyness of life as well as providing a glimpse of the author where it might be harder to discern tone and nuance from the black and white of a page.

These are now all available, away from the distractions of Facebook and social media, on Vimeo’s showcase service.

You can watch all of the vlogs here and order your copies of Body Zero here

We also have an epic Kickstarter crowd-funding project from January 2020 if you would like to invest… or know someone else who would?

Maranatha!

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.

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, Eschatology, Evangelism, Prayer, terrorism, Theology

Masquerading Messengers of Light


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In Matthew chapter 10, we read Jesus sending out His sheepish yet hard-core company of followers into a dangerous world with the gospel and an express set of instructions that are particularly interesting – particularly interesting because He usually didn’t prescribe formulas for miracles. There was no Visa, no North Face apparel, no weekending bag picked up for a snip at T K Max – just the gospel and a heart and mouth of Spirit-drenched faith.

Fledgling in their spiritual authority, Jesus told them to speak to the houses that they entered (v12), monitor the activity of their peace (v13), find the places that were deserving of their presence and to shake the dust from their feet in protest against the places that weren’t (v14). [Related reading: The Places We Call Home]

Church, Wake Up!

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Bible, Jesus, psalms, Theology

Speak 


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Psalm 29 pictures the holy voice of Yahweh as being like a thundering force of such powerful glory that it breaks Cedars of Lebanon, strips vast forests back to their bone and provokes adoring worship in all the earth.

His speaking voice is like a cloud of stone-softening exhale as Kings and Presidents plot, as ethne balk and as nations conspire in vain. 


But, to those who *know Him*, John 10 describes His voice as a Shepherd’s call into closer proximity, something more akin to a calling-by-name through gentle, Galilean accents of parental knowing. Indeed, Father God is always speaking like the perfect trailing sentence – always present & always continuous. 

The communication of His heart to yours will, at times, be subtle and even mistakable; in other moments, it will be so flooring that nothing & no-one could lead you to conclude that He hadn’t and isn’t speaking. 

Occasionally, His voice will sovereignly crush the persistent traffic in your mind; more often, it will emerge like the warmth of sunshine on your face as you determine to silence it first.

God, Jesus, Love, Theology

The Hardest Lesson I’ve Ever Had To Learn


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Broken-down World

The sting of injustice is never pleasant. Like an incurable disease plaguing the entire world, all of us can see injustice functioning on a global scale every single day. We witness Robert Mugabe, corrupt Bankers, terrorism, famine, Rogue Traders, lazy Landlords, disallowed goals that have crossed the line, recruitment processes that look legal but that are internally rigged, false imprisonments, false biblical teaching, the ivory trade, endangered tigers, abuses of power, human trafficking and a whole other nightmare of unimaginable dysfunction that, somehow, manages to endure.

Despite the rare pockets of glory, our best efforts to act justly and the promises within the redemptive mission of God, we still live in an unjust, broken-down world.

Global becomes Personal

Global injustice like this is meant to provoke us into faith-filled action and to woo us into the caring shelter of God, but, like a nauseating hors d’oeuvre before our eventual main course of numbness, it has a nasty habit of shutting us down. (more…)

Bible, Theology

The Cinderella Gift of Discernment


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An Unlikely Bride

The Disney fairytale Cinderella is a story about an unlikely bride mistreated at the hands of her guardians but who eventually rises from the doldrums of her slave labour to become the star of the ball and the stunning wife of Prince Charming. The tale is a love story of redemption, beauty, justice and power, all punctuated by the sweet grace notes of gospel-joy.

More specifically, as the supernatural source of Cinderella’s salvation, The Fairy Godmother’s presence in the story is a poetic type of the gift-giving Spirit of Power in the life of the Christian. Cinderella herself typifies a specific gift of the Holy Spirit that we’re urged to long for – a gift that enables our tasting and seeing of the joy to be found only in God. (more…)