Reflection #9

Here is my latest reflection, with me considering the importance of relationship and community over being right – how do we challenge others opinions and worldviews without breaking relationships and friendships?

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Reflection #8

Here is our latest video, with me and John reflecting on our recent short series of talks about Values – and discussing how Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet – as recounted in John 13 – is a great example of all the four Values, namely, community (rather than fellowship), incarnated, generosity and service.

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Values #4 – Service

Here is the fourth, and final, short talk about Values that we prepared for our church weekly service at Morpeth Baptist Church – in which I speak about the Value of Service – followed by a discussion time with John and Sergio reflecting on the ideas raised during the talk…

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.

Values #3 – Generosity

Here is the third in a series of short talks about Values that we prepared for our church weekly service at Morpeth Baptist Church – in which Sergio Mendes speaks about the Value of Generosity – followed by a discussion time with me and John reflecting on the ideas raised during the talk…

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.

Values #2 – Incarnated

It’s been a bit of a delay since my last post, but here is the second in a series of short talks about Values that we prepared for our church weekly service at Morpeth Baptist Church – in which I speak about the Value of Incarnated by considering the current cultural move towards excarnation – followed by a discussion time with John, Sergio and Sarah, one of our church worship leaders, to reflect on the ideas raised during the talk…

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Values #1 – Community

As outlined in my update video earlier in the week, here is the first in a series of short talks about Values that we prepared for our church weekly service at Morpeth Baptist Church – in which John Cooper unpacks the Value of Community by considering the importance of communion, communitas and compassion – followed by a discussion time with Martin Luff and Sergio Mendes to develop further the ideas raised by John during his talk…

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 #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!!