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A collection of stories and thoughts
on our church planting journey

Jun 0
Jun 0

Counter cultural living – Part 8: Peace Makers

Next up in Jesus’ teaching on how to live a life that brings glory to God is peace making. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)   When you think of peace making you usually think of the United Nations or famous influential figures from history that have […]

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Jun 1
Jun 1

Counter cultural living – Part 7: The Merciful

When it came to the general election last year, I was actually 4 months too young to vote. However despite this, most of my friends – whether they were old enough to vote or not – had some very strong political opinions and as voting day grew ever closer their debates flared up more and […]

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May 0
May 0

Counter cultural living – Part 6: Pure in heart

I don’t know about you, but I am a creature of habit, in order to help to switch my brain off at night I watch some things on YouTube. It can vary a bit, but it tends to be about films, gaming or interesting fact videos.   It seems innocent enough but often YouTube can […]

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May 0
May 0

Counter cultural living – Part 5: Hunger

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.   The first few beatitudes have been concerned with the emptying of oneself, be poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn and blessed are the meek. Now Jesus turns His attention to being filled. What is it that we should […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

Counter Cultural Living – Part 4: Meek

The third in Jesus’ list of blessings is meekness; this is what He says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”   Meekness, it is not a quality you hear people talking about, no one has ever said to me, “Dan, you are so meek.” Now granted that’s probably because I have […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

Counter Cultural Living – Part 3: Blessed are those who mourn

The second of the ‘blessings’ that Jesus speaks of from the mountainside is this,   “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”   On plain reading we could be forgiven for just taking it at face value, for just thinking that when we suffer loss we will be blessed. For sure, when […]

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Apr 0
Apr 0

Counter Cultural Living – Part 2: The Poor in Spirit

First in the blessings that Jesus brings on the mountainside is to be poor in spirit. Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”   The message translation helpfully puts it like this, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope, with less of you there […]

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Apr 4
Apr 4

Counter Cultural Living – Part 1: An Introduction

How distinct is your life? I don’t mean in a weird kind of way, but I am talking about does your life look distinct from the normal society and culture that we live in, the culture that it is saturated in? Is your walk with God your primary focus, or is it just another activity […]

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Feb 1
Feb 1

Men’s ministry, why bother?

You may, or may not be aware, that since 1992, it is officially International Men’s Day (IMD) on the 19th November. A couple of months ago now on IMD 2015, an aspect of life facing the modern man that is often shunned and pushed to one side was revealed. Statistics released by CALM (Campaign Against […]

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Jan 2
Jan 2

Welcome To The Church

It’s your first time at a new church. What’s the first thing that happens when you walk in? Welcome. A nice handshake and a ‘Good Morning’ from the guy on the door. Fair enough, an initial welcome is key to help people feel invited into a group they don’t know- after all first impressions are […]

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Nov 4
Nov 4

Keeping The Main Thing, The Main Thing

With every organisation comes lots of pressures and demands, take a hospital for example. You can have the most qualified staff, the fanciest equipment, brilliant accountants, leading thinkers and state of the art transportation, but, if you fail to care for people it has missed it’s main purpose. It is all in vain. Often that […]

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Apr 5
Apr 5

What’s In A Name?

For anyone who has ever had to name anything you will get what I am about to say, choosing a name is not easy.   Whether it is for your children, a pet, a business or even a church. What you name them not only sticks but also it sends a message. My daughter is […]

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Dec 11
Dec 11

Another church plant?

I was sat having a drink, enjoying my water (I don’t do hot drinks) with another leader, updating them on our plans to start a new church in our town Chesterfield, when the following question came. “Well can’t you just join an existing Church? Why do we need another one?”   It’s a good question […]

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