Blog Profile / What Is So Amazing About Grace?


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Table Tennis & Discipleship

Anyone can become an expert in table tennis in one year.That's what Sam Larcombe, a ranked table tennis player and coach, believed. He took novice table tennis player, Sam Priestley, and challenged him to get ranked in England's top 250 best players by the end of 2014.Starting on Jan. Show More Summary

7 Traits of Servant Leadership

Shout out to Dan Rockwell for this list: Judge people by their strengths, not yours. Understand that success depends on understanding, releasing, focusing and developing talent in others. Know yourself through habitual self-reflection. Show More Summary

Who runs the church?

Who runs the church? ”I”, said the Pastor, “I am the master. l run the church”.Who runs the Church? “I”, said the deacon, “Don’t think I’ll weaken. I run the church”.Who runs the church? Said the man in the pew, “Let me tell you, I run...Show More Summary

When the crap hits the fan?

A few thoughts from Pastor Mark's message at MKCC on Sunday. Image Bearers - Fruitful. Even when you or anyone else didn't see anything in you God intentionally chose you. Often we feel like we are striving not thriving - but God is at work in both these extremes to transform us. Show More Summary

The Simple Invite

Today sees the consecration of the first female Bishop in the Church of England. As discussion rages on the rights and wrongs of this development, an article in the Telegraph about Libby Holden simple journey of faith gripped me much more:It was as an 11-year-old girl that Libby Holden, as she then was, first found her way into the church. Show More Summary

Ye mind me o' departed joys, Departed never to return

Ye banks and braes o' bonnie DoonHow ye can bloom so fresh and fairHow can ye chant ye little birds And I sae weary fu' o' careYe'll break my heart ye warbling birdsThat wantons thro' the flowering thornYe mind me o' departed joysDeparted...Show More Summary

The confusion of Gifting and Growth

The true index of Christian maturity is not the possession of gifts of the Spirit, but the production of the fruit of the Spirit - LutherHow do we recognise a maturing and growing Christian, someone who is becoming as the name suggests - Christ-like.Often we equate gifting with growth and maturity. Show More Summary

Misunderstood

One of the burdens of leadership...."The fact is few people will understand why you do what you do. But that's why you're the leader and they're not. If everyone understood and agreed with everything their leaders did, there would be no need for leaders." - Larry OsborneAlthough that's no excuse to stop explaining!Quote via Dave Kraft

Where is the place of worship

So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. - King David Ps 63:2What image is conjured up in our minds when we think of a place of worship:An auditorium or stadium filled with 100's or 1000's...Show More Summary

Creating the possibliity

‘For here’s what I’m going to do:..... I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. Show More Summary

Sights to take your breath away

But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them,...Show More Summary

Saying goodby to five star

On the road someone asked if he could go along. “I’ll go with you, wherever,” he said. Jesus was curt: “Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.” (Luke 9:57-58 MSG) Jesus was frank and clear with anyone that was considering following him. Show More Summary

Worship - Risking yourself totally

Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Show More Summary

No Questions Asked

Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. Show More Summary

Encounters with Jesus

This past Sunday Discovery Kids took over all our services at Milton Keynes Christian Centre. It was great to get just a small glimpse of what the amazing people, who invest into the children's lives, do each week.Here is the message that Nicola, our Children's Pastor, and more importantly my wonderful wife shared with the church. Show More Summary

"Greater than" Leadership

Being given the honour of leading in God's Kingdom is any guise is a great responsibility. It means that God has entrusted you with the welfare of his children. When caring for the children of a great God it requires truly great leadership.So our leadership must have the characteristics of the greatest leader - Jesus. Show More Summary

Delight in the riches

I read this today by Seth Godin, as he talked about the the historic decision of the Swedish government over 200 years ago, to ensure all their citizens were literate. "Teach someone to read and you guarantee that they will be able to learn forever. Show More Summary

I am the one who.....

Being a follower of Jesus is not for the faint hearted it is a call to be a radical one.... who loves God with all his heart and soul and mind and strength (Matthew 22:37) who loves Jesus more than mother or father or son or daughter...Show More Summary

Health Check

Towards the end of last year MKCC sent me of a health check up. Probably because I have reached that age when everything starts to fall apart. Thankfully, apart from my ever decreasing ability to read a book because my arms are not quite...Show More Summary

Revival vs Routine

The word "revival" probably means many different things to many different people. Even in church world it is viewed in different ways. For me, growing up in church, revival was the panacea of evangelism. Hundreds if not thousands of people were suddenly convicted of their sin and started to knock on the church doors begging to be let in. Show More Summary

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