It’s been very quiet here for a while, with all the craziness of life – work, studies, Church, and of course family (with the arrival of our son Jared Benjamin). But I’m pleased to tickle your fancy with the news that soon I’ll be publishing an academic piece I’m writing:
Intelligence On Fire:
A Brief Analysis of Rev Dr John Smith – a 20th Century mission pioneer….
Sad to hear of the passing of Robin Williams today. We lose another great actor and funny-man to a suspected suicide. Why is it that so many of the people who bring us joy battle with such inner darkness?
At school I was always the class clown, and not much has changed. For me to bring a little joy and laughter to others is so precious in a world where I’m so often surrounded by darkness. I remember at the passing of my brother-in-law Joe we joked that ‘he became his favourite thing – history’. He too had an often bleak sense of humour.
So I plead with you, show some love to the clowns in your life, they may be fighting inner battles you know nothing about.
Love and prayers for the Williams family and the countless others around the world suffering loss in these dark times.
“There’s some sad things known to man, but there ain’t nothing sadder than the tears of a clown, when there’s no-one around” Smokey Robinson – ‘Tears of a Clown’
Had quite an emotionally charged afternoon on Saturday visiting my home church for their 25th anniversary. Must be about 11 years since I’d last been there.
Was good to spend time sharing stories and catching up with people who had great significance in the early days of my walk with Christ. It’s hard not to feel a twinge of pain looking back at some of the experiences of the last 11 years, there have been dark times where I’ve felt quite alone, felt the weight of the consequences of my own actions and those of others. The current minister hit the nail on the head with a short message which can be summarised as, “With our God mistakes are not the end of the story”.
Thank you God for redemption.
Kind of a milestone day today, my first team meeting since becoming a full team member at Azalea and my third visit to the Diamond Day at Ace Café marking two years since I first started hanging round with God’s Squad.
Started the day by sharing one of the most beautiful communions I’ve ever experienced. Some incredible life stories in the Azalea team, ministering to the broken out of our own brokenness. I’m deeply encouraged by what’s happening there, it’s exciting to see people taking initiative and working together to answer Christ’s call to the lost. I feel privileged to keep meeting brothers and sisters from all kinds of backgrounds who have, in their own way, kicked open the Church doors and launched an assault on the gates of Hell. As Christians step out in strategic ways, working in blessed unity, and begin seeing our ministry in the context of God’s Kingdom, change will come!
So now I’m back at home, trying desperately to distill a day of rich experiences into words, and failing miserably! If I could travel back in time and tell just a few stories to the bitter and cynical man I once was, maybe I could reclaim some of those frustrating years.
For now, I’ll take 5 in the midst of a manic weekend. Time to sit and daydream about the songs of victory we’ll sing when we share that communion meal in eternity….
“Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the lord : “I will sing to the lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea. The lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him! The lord is a warrior; Yahweh is his name!” (Exodus 15:1-3 NLT)
Writing a charity proposal while listening to Pantera. Cos that’s how I roll.