My Routines Build Me Up And Tear Me Down

I hate mornings. I can hardly get my body and brain to engage. I used to be a morning person. Not so much now. The challenge of falling asleep manifests itself, in an even greater way, in the morning. As I try to wake up, the first thing I do is reach for my phone, with the hope that my wake up time is still many hours away. Squint-eyed I try to make out the time. I shower, brush my teeth, get dressed… Coffee… I have a routine that is forced. A lot of the things, I just have to do. I have many other routines; recurring things. I have Continue Reading [...]

Sometimes I Wish We All Weren’t So “Christian”

This is a guest post by Wendy van Eyck I sometimes struggle to talk to people who believe in Jesus. Sometimes I wish my friends didn’t sound so Christian. Sometimes I wish they’d tell me how they feel instead of telling me what they think I want to hear. I find it hard because I don’t always feel like we can have a conversation about really matters to them. Often it feels like we are all trying to sound “Christian” rather than “human”. I know from experience how tempting it is to brush people off with a “Christian” Continue Reading [...]

The Things I Allow To Fill My Life

This verse speaks into giving the message of Christ permission to "marinate" my life. This just made me think of the things that I allow to fill my life. There are many things I give permission to occupy and fill my life in different ways. I do this by allowing certain things about my character and way of life. There is also the danger of allowing my inner world to go unchecked. Unchecked by the Word of God. Unchecked by not praying as I ought, as a follower of Christ. More for my good than anyone else's. Sometimes I'm not intentional enough. Continue Reading [...]

Talking About Nuthin’

I’m a fan of Lecrae’s music. He has a new album, Anomaly, dropping soon. “Nuthin” is one of the songs on the album but has been released as a single. He’s done what no Christ following artist has done in terms of speaking to both the world and Christ follower. By the world in Lecrae’s context, I mean hip hop culture (I'm not saying he only speaks into hip hop culture either). As a Christ follower one of the things I wrestle with is being overt with my faith in a way that people in the world at large don’t shut down or check out. Continue Reading [...]

Consistency And Integrity: What God And Me Want

This blog is a window into my journey in alignment with what God wants me to be and do. Though I’m the one writing this blog, it is easily the story of every Christ follower. We’re all embroiled in a battle of some sort. There is always what God wants and what I, in my selfishness, want. The thing is, what God wants and or expects of me is ultimately the best for me. There is one sure way of being and doing what God requires of me / us. One sure, guaranteed way to be consistent and foolproof integrity. And that is doing what God’s ways Continue Reading [...]

Forgetting How To Pray

I think a lot. A lot about how I live is internal. I'm neither extroverted nor introverted. I'm one of those guys who are half and half. Because I think a lot, a lot of what happens to me is internal. Sometimes I over think things. I've always been this way, as long as my memory serves me. I don't fight it. I've learned how to make that work for me. (Writing is one of the ways I've explored to help me process things.) This morning, as I took as walk along the coast I realised how much I had redirected some of my 'prayer energy' or focus to Continue Reading [...]

The Cost Of Discipleship

One of the books I'm reading at the moment. It cuts to the heart of translating grace to daily living and what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Bonhoeffer is candid and explicit. I don't think it is him really, just that he echoes the implications of being a disciple of Christ as per Christ's teachings and call, in a practical and easily understood manner. Bonhoeffer: Discipleship means adherence to Christ...   Continue Reading [...]

Marching Orders

I'm starting to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "The Cost Of Discipleship". Excited to see what the rest of it will be like. The introduction is already up front: it is not about what people or even we, ourselves, want for or of ourselves but what Jesus, the Christ, Himself wants of us. God, would you help me, and many others serving You, to stay on track with what you want of me and them. Focusing on what Jesus wants means ignoring a lot of demands on ourselves. Help, Lord, sometimes I Am Jonah. Published via Pressgram Continue Reading [...]

Stunting The Gospel

I love well researched and written works. I believe that God entrusts us with gifts and means to communicate. With that our obligation is to do the best with what we have and leave the rest to God's Spirit. Any communication of any message, any preaching of God's Word must be done well. Matt Chandler (with Jared Wilson) have done a splendid job in a great work, "The Explicit Gospel". I will do a review of it when I'm done with it. It is probably one of the best books (besides the Bible, of course) that communicates the Gospel in a non-complex, Continue Reading [...]