Faithfulness or fruitfulness

Recently I talked with a couple who have faithfully shared friendship and the message of Jesus with their neighbours. While being attracted to the quality of relationship these neighbours see in my friend’s lives, they have rejected invitations to learn more about the source of this life. The lack of response and fruitfulness is discouraging for my friends. I was encouraged …

Do you tend to hold back or charge ahead?

When it comes to trusting God and taking steps of faith do you tend to hold back or charge ahead? My tendency is to hold back. I need to work at taking initiatives, even small ones, as I trust and obey God. Recently I have been encouraged by the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem. …

Our cat has no pockets

I watched our cat wandering around the other day. It struck me how self-contained it is. It has no pockets, no bag, nothing extra. In the winter it grows a bit more fur for warmth, and in the summer it loses it (all over the furniture). And someone else provides the food! Wherever it goes, it has everything it needs, …

With Jesus where He is

Some of the fruit trees in our garden produce more than one variety of fruit. It’s amazing to take a bud from one desirable tree and graft it onto a another compatible tree, and in time harvest fruit from this new variety. There is actually no limit to the number of varieties you could have on one tree! As believers …

It could have been easier

It’s a teenage pregnancy, and the fiancée isn’t the father. The birth happens in a farm ‘lean-to’ rather than in a good family home with the best of midwifery care. The baby lies wrapped in cloths in a feeding trough, rather than in suitable babywear in a new basinet. The angels announce this ‘centre of history’ moment to low paid, …

Specificity

Today we have so much data and information available to us, more than we can cope with. So, we simplify, summarise, generalise. This may help make things more manageable for us, but something important gets lost in the process: specificity. Specific details are important. They add colour, context, and concreteness! Life is not lived in generalities, but in the specifics. …

How do you rank?

Black Lives Matter. This powerful movement protests against the devaluing and ill-treating of people just because of the colour of their skin. But once we’ve fixed our racism, is that enough? Maybe I’m no longer racist, but do I have a gender bias? Perhaps I’m not racist or sexist, but do I think those with higher academic qualifications are somehow …

Daring to Share

If you are like me it takes courage to talk about Jesus, even a small comment that identifies us with Christ. We are in good company. The Apostle Paul reflected to the Thessalonians that it was with help from God that he ‘dared’ to tell them the Good News about Jesus. I think the danger for me is to either shrink back from …

Worth more than what we do

With Covid limiting some of the things we can do, here’s a reflection on the difference between being and doing… God made people of immeasurable value. Intricately designed and lovingly created, we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image and likeness of God. Part of that likeness is that we are creative beings: we imagine, design, construct, evaluate, and …

COVID-19 Update

This COVID-19 pandemic means our world is changing fast. Amidst all the uncertainty we think it’s important we stay in touch and support each other as we trust God to use us at this time. Like everyone else, we are no longer meeting face to face in small groups, one-to one meetings, and various other Navigator gatherings. Our people are …