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Good is Good

‘Some years ago, I noticed amid the grading of many papers (the plight of every English professor) how often the positive feedback I wrote on my students’ work consisted simply of the comment “good.” I contemplated varying that word with others. But then I realized that good is the best word. (It is certainly easy to write!).…

Grace and Gratitude

‘Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth. Grace evokes gratitude like the voice an echo. Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightning.’  Karl Barth in Eugene H Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p.192.

Work and Prayer

“The more we work the more we need to pray. In this day of activity there is great danger, not of doing too much, but of praying too little for so much work.” Alexander Maclaren, in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p.368.

Link of the week: 4 Ways to approach the New Year with Jesus

For followers of Jesus, New Year’s has no unique significance. There’s no central biblical narrative informing our celebrations. But this doesn’t mean Christians shouldn’t pause and reflect on the turning of the calendar. Moses asked of the Lord, “Teach us to number our days, so we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Time—seconds, minutes,…

Christmas Past, Present and Future

We advertise our church Christmas services as “family services”. Christmas is the one day of the year when we feel confident in asking our non-Christian loved ones to come along to church with us “as a family”.  We do our Christian duty by making it a priority to get to church on Christmas Day, before…

Link of the Week: Pete Greig on ‘The Architecture of our Lives’

In his seminal work, De architectura, (30-15BC), Vitruvius sets out his famous triad of characteristics for great architecture — utilitas, firmitas, venustas (utility, strength and beauty). I’ve been wondering lately how we might apply these ancient principles of good design to the stuff we build with our lives today – businesses, churches, friendships. Programmes, processes…