Reflection #7

There is a lot in the news at the moment about the dishonesty, corruption and lack of integrity of our politicians and national leaders – and what appears to be the increasing apathy in our culture to do anything about it.

A growing number of people (frighteningly) seem to be comfortable with politicians telling lies and being openly corrupt….or, at least, certain politicians, apparently!

But what should our response be as followers of Jesus?

Here is my latest short video reflecting on the effect of dishonesty and corruption – and what I think our response should be as a community of believers in Christ….

I hope you enjoy it and find it useful – please leave a comment and/ or ask a question if you want to start a dialogue with us.

Reflection #6

Well, we’ve got content coming thick and fast this week….

Here is another reflection, the first one produced by John, whilst he walks his dog, Daisy, in which he considers how God uses coincidences, and about living a life of goodness that leaves a legacy of blessing….

I hope you enjoy it and find it useful – please leave a comment and/ or ask a question if you want to start a dialogue with us.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

This song has been going through my head a lot lately – and my wife, Elaine, and I frequently listen to it at home as we go about our chores.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail): Hillsong UNITED 2018

I love the sentiment of the song – it rings true to my walk with Jesus.

Here are the lyrics:

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown
Where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours
You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed
And You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours
And You are mine (You are mine)

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

We can question the relative merits of the ‘mega’ church format for contemporary day-to-day discipleship practice – but it cannot be denied, Hillsong has produced some brilliant worship songs over the years – and, for me, this is one of them!!

Reflection #5

Here is my latest reflection – made whilst walking my dog, Bo, through the woods near my home in Northumberland – about living in the moment and being contented with what I have in the here and now…

I must admit I’m not the greatest video editor – so it’s a bit ‘clunky’ in parts – but does that make me more ‘authentic’? 😉

I hope you enjoy it and find it useful – please leave a comment and/ or ask a question if you want to start a dialogue with us.

Reflection #4

Here is the other reflection that John and I recorded last Saturday as we walked our last section of the Northumbrian Coastal Path – here we are reflecting on the reason this blog is called The Deliberate Disciple…..

Make sure you get to the end of the video to see how beautiful the Northumbrian coastline actually is at this time of the year…stunning!

I hope you enjoy it and find it useful – please leave comments and/ or ask questions below 🙂

Reflection #3

We finished our pilgrimage up the Northumbrian Coastal Path last weekend – and here is our short reflection about the reason for and value of pilgrimage as disciples of Jesus….

We will do more sharing about our take on pilgrimage sometime in the future – but this gives a good taster to get you going!

It’s the first of two reflections we made whilst we were out and about in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside – I’ll post the second reflection later this week…

Hope you enjoy it and find it useful – please comment and/ or ask questions below 🙂

Let’s Talk More…

I saw this short video last year – but thought I would share it now as we move towards coming out of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Let’s remember there are a lot of lonely people ‘out there’ – and, if we are willing to take the time, it’s not that hard to find them, as the video demonstrates….

What do you think? What can you do?