They don’t seem like important or powerful words. Not and enough. But those two words can cripple. And I’m not even talking about when you look at your budget and come to the realisation that there is not enough.
I’ve been thinking about violence a lot lately. It isn’t too hard given all the news that pours out of my home country week after week. And it isn’t just the gun violence that seems to headline so many of the stories. It is the way in we engage ‘the other.’ The person who isn’t like […]
Day One…Landing In Buffalo & Heading to Gramma & Grampa’s. Last month, four of us headed back to NY to take part in our first Home Missions Assignment (HMA)*. I wanted to share a few random thoughts, and some things we […]
The Wilsons are not in Dublin. Thank you for stopping by our little corner of the internet. We are currently in the States and will return before the end of August. While we are gone the blog will be rather quiet…If you’re here because we’ve connected over the past few weeks, thank you for stopping […]
Yesterday at lunch, M asked, “Dad, when are you going to die?” We were out with the team that is here from Pennsylvania and a couple of them were at our table. They seemed as uncomfortable as I was. I said, “I don’t have any plans. When would you like me to die?” Then comes […]
Yesterday I stumbled across news that another celebrity pastor has lost their job. Perry Noble was pastor of Newspring Church in South Carolina. A church that grew to 30,000 members (not a typo) in 16 years. Sadly my first response was not one of shock…high profile pastors making news for stuff like this is far […]
I am in the process of reviewing the book UnLeader, by Lance Ford. Well, it is probably more of “thoughts the book brought up for me,” than an actual review…but you get the idea. You can find each post in the series here. If you would like to order a copy of the book, you […]
I’ve never been much of a book reviewer. If you want to know what the book says, you should read it. However, this morning as I began reading UNLeader by Lance Ford, I decided to try reviewing it on a chapter by chapter basis. Not so much for you, but because from the moment I began reading the forward by Alan Hirsch, I knew there were things I would be wrestling with as I went though it. And I’ll likely learn more if I do that wrestling here.
One of the biggest adjustments we had to make to begin practising Sabbath was preparing. That has always felt harder than it should have been. Probably because I hate running errands. I’ll drive by a shop, think of something we know we will need at home soon, and decide I don’t feel like stopping. So later, when the thing I need is finally gone, I’ll make the extra trip. It would have been easier to get it before I needed it, but that isn’t how I’ve done things.
Last week Elizabeth and I began reading the book The Sabbath Experiment, by Rob Muthiah (that is an affiliate link and you can pick up the Kindle Edition for $3.99 currently). We’ve been practicing Sabbath for a few years now, but began to feel like we needed to revisit the purpose of Sabbath, and just as important, how to practice it in a way that is honouring to God, and life-giving to us.
My first short-term missions (STM) trip took place in 1989. Our team flew to Brussels (my first time ever on a plane) and then somehow (I have no recollection) got to Namur, Belgium. There are a lot of things that still stand out from our time there (including the old Belgian guy who spoke no […]
I spent the weekend in Brussels for the third weekend of Forge Training, got back, fixed my bike so I could cycle down to Leeson Park for prayer and worship night with Icon. So I had a bunch of things swirling around in my brain as I went to sleep. I don’t think any of […]