Lunch with Tim Chaddick, pastor of Reality LA

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Yesterday I had the joy of meeting a new friend, Tim Chaddick. A group of us from Jubilee Church London met with a group from Reality LA. It is always encouraging to meet like-minded people who God is using to build his Kingdom. I have heard a lot of good things about what God is doing in this young, growing church. It was so good to meet all of them, and especialy Tim with whom I have corresponded with on email before.These guys get that we are living in a new era. An era of a global … [Read more...]

What is relational Christianity?

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When I was just four I became a part of a family of churches that was subsequently called Newfrontiers. Terry Virgo was the founder of that group. One of our rallying calls was a call to "relational Christianity." This call is as relevant now as it has ever been. A few days ago Terry posted a couple of tweets about this: You are welcome to church life shaped & formatted by business psychology and procedure. I prize brotherly love and comradeship always!— Terry Virgo (@TerryVirgo) May 2 … [Read more...]

Multisite churches: a sign of hope for the Western Church?

I have been allowed early access to the The Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard which releases to the public on Tuesday, March 11th. With the report author's permission I can share some of the highlights in this article. To be alerted when the full report is available, sign up here.The subject of multisite churches continues to be a controversial one in some circles.  I have previously written on some of the advantages I see in this model, as well as arguing that a large chu … [Read more...]

Why silence about controversies should not be read as agreement

Just in the past few days both my emails and Twitter stream have contained a few direct questions and challenges. I have had people gloatingly point out to me the story of the death of the latest snake handler to meet his inevitable death, demand my response to the Pope sending Kenneth Copeland a message promoting unity, and ask what I think of Steve Chalke's article about how he now approaches the Bible. In addition, I have also noticed that David Yonggi Cho has been found guilty of e … [Read more...]

Plagiarism Principles for Pastors after the Mark Driscoll controversy

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There are some controversies online that I chose to sit out deliberately. In recent weeks there has been one such raging on the subject of plagiarism. Certain accusations were made about Mark Driscoll in a radio interview online which was then withdrawn from the Internet, whilst some "citation errors" were then acknowledged by Mars Hill. The use of research assistants and even ghost writers by a number of well-known pastors  has also been discussed. I am not interested in commenting on the … [Read more...]

How will you react when others do well: selfish jealousy or selfless love?

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We saw just a couple of chapters ago that Saul's son Jonathan was the darling of Israel, having boldly led the charge to defeat an enemy. He was strangely silent in the whole account of Goliath, where David eclipsed both Jonathan and his father.Saul had already demonstrated he was a a selfish leader so it is perhaps no surprise that instead of welcoming David as the saviour of God's people he was jealous of him, especially when the people sang "Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his … [Read more...]

What kind of leader should we choose?

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In 1 Samuel 16 our gaze begins to turn from the failed leadership of King Saul to the emerging leadership of the future King David.David is probably the greatest character in the Bible other than our Lord himself. Certainly more chapters are devoted to his story and his songs than to anyone else. In 1 Samuel so far we have seen rather mixed examples of leadership.  In David's life we will see a much better model of leadership, and we will not see the signs of a selfish, failed leader we have … [Read more...]

4 Things Introverts Do that Makes Them Effective Leaders

This is a fascinating article, especially as I have met a number of Christian leaders, who behind the scenes and by nature, are far from being the extroverts we might imagine them to be. 4 Things Introverts Do that Makes Them Effective Leaders. … [Read more...]

Eight Marks of a leader in terminal decline

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In 1 Samuel 15 we see a further worsening of Sauls leadership. There is now no way back for him. Yesterday we discussed six leadership errors he made. Today it just gets worse.We must judge Saul in the context of his time when he was called to exercise God's judgement.He disobeyed a clear instruction from God (1 Samuel 15:8) He kept the best for himself rather than God (1 Samuel 15:8) He took praise to himself by setting up a monument (1 Samuel 15:12) He tried to cover up his sin by a … [Read more...]

Marks of an unwise, selfish leader (1 Samuel 14)

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In 1 Samuel 14 we see the further evidence of the decline of Saul's leadership. We sometimes talk of losing your leadership capital. Well Saul seemed to mortgage the lot in this chapter. What did he do wrong?He was passive and lacked initiative. Jonathan should not have had to be the one to decide to lead the attack against the enemies. Saul left a leadership vacuum his son filled. It's sad that his own son felt he couldn't discuss his idea with his own father. We can only guess the reason, … [Read more...]


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