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file0001386936588Joseph Chamberlain:

“On every committee of thirteen persons

there are twelve who go to the meetings having given no thought to the subject and ready to receive instructions.  

One goes with his mind made up to give those instructions.  

I make it my business to be that one.”

Matt Schmucker:

“My own experience with church committees would lead me to add one more individual to Chamberlain’s cast of committee characters:

the one or two individuals who come to thwart progress.”

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DenyThe Big Bible Adventure – Mark 14:27-31

Powerpoint Pictures: Spider; Puppy; Grumpy Toddler; Clown; Person with the flu; Lion; Darth Vader

If you turned around and in front of you were the following things (Spider; Puppy; Grumpy Toddler; Clown; Person with the flu; Lion; Darth Vader), would you stay or would you go?

Would you run away or would you stay where you were?

[For each things get the children to stand up if they would run away and stay seated if they would stay]

After Jesus and his disciples had finished eating the last supper He would have within them before He died, they went together to the Mount of Olives, and there Jesus began to teach His disciples.

Jesus told them: “You will all fall away.” (Mark 14:27)

What Jesus was saying to them, was that it would be long until He would be arrested and put to death on the cross, and when that happened, all the disciples would run away.  None of them would stay by His side.

When Peter heard this he declared: “Even if all fall away, I will not.”  “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “today – yes, tonight – before the cock crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” (Mark 14:29-30)

Peter was certain that he would stay by Jesus’ side.  Even if all the other disciples were to run away, he was so sure that he would not.  But Jesus makes it clear He will, even telling him that he would deny Jesus three times before a cock would crow twice.

So will the disciples stay by Jesus’ side or will they run away?  Will Peter deny he knows Jesus three times?  We’ll find out soon enough.

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

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file621289667886John Samuel:

“Are church planters biblical?

If we are going to restrict ourselves to biblical terms, it seems to me we have a choice of two biblical terms.

We should either talk about ‘evangelists’ or about ‘pastor-teachers’, as in Ephesians 4. (I am assuming that the apostles and prophets are foundation gifts and not around today.)

Did the Apostle Paul know nothing of the role of ‘church planter’?

On the contrary, he was the ‘church planter’ par excellence.

But he never used the term. He only talked of evangelists and pastor-teachers.


Maybe because the apostolic, biblical categories and language we should be using are those of ‘evangelist’ or ‘pastor-teacher’.

The question is not, ‘am I (or is he) a church planter’ but ‘am I (or is he) an evangelist or a pastor-teacher’?”

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IMG_8819Penelope Trunk:

“People actually don’t mind working long hours when they are engaged.

Burnout is not a result of how much work you’re doing but what type of work you’re doing.

So instead of organising time into work time and personal time, you could organise it into time when you like what you’re doing and time when you don’t like what you’re doing.”

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Prayer-TKEvery Tuesday I want to highlight on this blog a great resource that is available from and some great deals for you to check out.

This week’s resource is the new book from Tim Keller, Prayer: Awe and Intimacy with God.

Here’s the blub:

‘”Can’t anyone teach me how to pray?” Millions of people today are asking the same question. There is a sense of the necessity of prayer – we have to pray. But how?’  

Prayer is central to Christian faith; indeed, as Timothy Keller notes in his introduction, it is the main way we experience deep change. Yet so many people struggle with prayer – a struggle that the author himself has shared.  This wise and inspiring book is the fruit of those struggles, offering a real and glorious vision of what it can mean to seek God in prayer.

Keller begins by giving a theological underpinning of what prayer actually is – both conversation and encounter with a personal God – before describing how we can learn to pray, and then deepen that prayer. Finally he gives detailed, practical suggestions on how to make prayer a part of the reality of daily life.”

Prayer: Awe and Intimacy with God is available to buy HERE.

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