I feel rested. It’s a strange feeling - one which has not been as familiar as it might have been over the last few years. But it’s a good feeling. Coming out of the summer break, ready to jump with both feet into the year ahead, I’m encouraged and I’m refreshed… because I’ve rested.
We encourage our whole Barney’s community to carve out some space during January for rest, relaxation and restoration. As I’ve pushed in to this over the summer, I’ve gathered together a few thoughts which have helped and shaped my resting… Read More
In this article, Andy shares some thoughts on how having faith in Jesus is a bit like riding a motorbike... Read More
When life is tiring and we're using up a fair amount of energy just keeping going, it becomes very easy to drift off course, to drift off our moorings, to drift in our walk-with-God. Read More
If I had been a Jewish believer 2013 years ago, I reckon I would have been pretty unimpressed with Jesus. I mean, given all the mess that the world is in, the corruption, the abuse, the immorality, the politics, surely God could have done a bit better than this?
A baby, born in the sleepy backwater of Nazareth, the son of a carpenter, who grew up to become a carpenter?! Was this the best plan God could come up with? Surely he’d have been better off sending a crack troop of elite soldiers to kick out the Romans, stamp out corruption, destroy some pagans and whip these immoral politicians into shape? Perhaps even some smiting would have been in order Read More
There are times, I'm sure, for many of us, when we wonder whether what we are spending our life on is worthwhile. And often these thoughts come about when we think about what other people are doing - and make comparisons.
Undercurrents in contemporary society do little to help with this - we're always confronted with bigger, better, faster, newer, in the hope that we become dissatisfied with what we already have, and part with our cash in order to have the next best thing.
And look, I generally enjoy things which are bigger, better, faster and newer. Who doesn't? But is this necessarily a healthy way to live? And does it lead us to become more dissatisfied with ourselves, and our lives? There is a pretty high risk that it can… Read More
“The Whole Church, Taking the whole Gospel, to the Whole World” - This is the aim of the global Lausanne Movement, which takes it’s name from a unique gathering of over 2,700 Christian leaders from over 150 nations in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. Over the last decade the Lausanne Movement has enjoyed something of a resurgence, not least through with the second global Younger Leaders Gathering in 2006 in Malaysia, and with the Cape Town 2010 congress - described as the youngest, most ethnically diverse, and geographically varied gathering of evangelical Christian leaders ever.
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Bangalore, India, with over 300 leaders from around the world, to attend the 2013 Lausanne Global Leaders Forum. This trip made a great impression on me, and has encouraged me greatly, especially as I reflect on the change, renewed health and momentum of the Lausanne Movement over the last ten years. Here a few thoughts and reflections following this latest engagement with Lausanne.
Well, it’s been quite a week! Our community was on national TV on the Holy Switch programme last Sunday night - and lots of us were leftwith really mixed feelings after the show. Quite a few of us feel misrepresented, unfairly treated, frustrated, angry, exhausted, confused - and in some cases all of the above!!