Notes and essays

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Things on my mind in various stages of thought development.

More than friends

This is adapted from a talk I gave recently.

Introduction

Many of us have been around our local church for a long time. Some of the people we see at church have grown up with us since childhood. Others may have joined while we were at school, where...

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God's Instruments for Change

The following is adapted from a talk I gave last year. If you want to know more, see Paul Tripp's excellent book, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands.

Look around…

Look around the people at your church. What kind of people do you see?

Pretty nice...

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Book reviews: On introversion

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking

Title Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking
Author Susan Cain
Pages 352
Publisher Viking
Year 2012
ISBN 978 0 670 91676 4
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Introverts in the Church: Finding our Place in an Extroverted Culture

Title Introverts in the Church: Finding our...

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Book review: The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

The Freedom of Self–Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy

Title The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy
Author Timothy Keller
Pages 48
Publisher 10Publishing
Year 2012
ISBN 978 1 906173 41 8
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There are two kinds of people in this world...

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A model for administering independent churches: how it works

This is the second in a series of posts on a model for administering independent churches.

My previous post described the problem that independent churches face in their governance structures. Briefly, we want financial management, etc., to be the...

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A model for administering independent churches: some preliminaries

This is the first in a series of posts on a model for administering independent churches.

Before we go on describing what the model is like, I will need to explain what I mean by an independent church, and why a different model may be useful.

What...

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A model for administering independent churches

It's been a long time since I've posted here. That's because I had, until now, nothing much useful to say. (Plus the fact I was writing reports and Board papers at work all the time, which diminished my enthusiasm for writing.)

Anyway, I've been...

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Choosing songs

Our congregation has an "unofficial" policy of vetting the lyrics of songs before admitting them for use in services. In general, we look at almost every song, regardless of source, and assess each on its own merits. I thought it would be useful...

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On ministry platforms

For some reason, whenever I talk to people about ministry, the discussion often ventures into "ministry platforms". I think I have been saying the same thing enough times for me put it down in writing, so that hopefully I don't have to repeat myself...

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Local area gospel partnerships

Much has been made about gospel partnerships which reach out to a specific group of people. In these gospel partnerships, we have people from many different local churches gather together for a common cause—to proclaim the gospel to this particular...

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