Jonathan Martin on Compassion

How to survive a shipwreck

‘Here Job is, the portrait of a man undone, and all he wants now is the consolation and empathy of his friends. But Job’s friends are precisely the kind of friends we often are if we have not suffered – they are more interested in explaining Job’s plight to him than sitting with him in … Read more

Nathan Foster on Prayer

Nathan Foster will be speaking at Fuel 2017 at Coast Community Church, Bensville, NSW from May 25-28. Find out more at Coast Community Church.

“Now when I pray, I create movements in my mind. I push my attention toward a person or situation. I spend a lot of my prayer time simply sitting with God, thinking and listening while we exchange pictures of what we would like to see happen – co-creating. I was recently praying about an event where I would be speaking, and I imagined the Holy Spirit brooding about, filling the room, covering the cracks, and then I thought of the people, and I saw their frustration, their disillusionment with life and maybe even God. I turned my attention to the Father, and I felt his longing for them. I pray with hunches, movements and nudges. It’s a flow, a dance, a movement of grace bathed in love. I don’t disconnect. I pray with my eyes open.”

– Nathan Foster in The Making of an Ordinary Saint.

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Gospel Metaphors

Jeff Vanderstelt Gospel Fluency

Note: The following is an excerpt from Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt. I have found this book particularly impacting as I figure out what it means to be a follower of Jesus in everyday life. (Read my review.) In this particular chapter, Show and Tell, Jeff explains that followers of Jesus need to live in … Read more

What is the Biggest Barrier Jesus Followers Face in having an Everyday Faith?

Following Jesus in an everyday way is tough at times. We experience doubts and questions. We face difficult moral choices. And we strive to fit in with our culture. How do we find time to pursue a vibrant relationship with God when there is so much that demands our attention? And what about when it … Read more

How to Celebrate in the Midst of the Ordinary

Note: The following is an excerpt from The Making of an Ordinary Saint by Nathan Foster. As I have been thinking recently about the nature of celebration and the Christian life I have found Nathan’s writing here influential. The idea of celebrating makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable, however Nathan reveals that true celebration takes place … Read more

Where Modern Discipleship will Fail

There is one thing about the modern discipleship movement that concerns me.  In their video series Disciplemaking Blueprint the team at Verge Network state: ‘The fruit of a disciple is not just another disciple.  The fruit of a disciple is a disciplemaker.’ It sounds reasonable enough, doesn’t it?  But I believe it is slightly off the mark. I love … Read more

Intimate Melody

‘Heaven’s perfect melody The Creator’s symphony You are singing over me The Father’s song. Heaven’s perfect mystery The king of love has sent for me And now you’re singing over me The Father’s song.’ Matt Redman, The Father’s Song As I’ve been thinking about intimacy with God recently I have found that it is a challenge.  … Read more