When equipping the saints can be hazardous

The Greek word katartismos is more commonly used for mending nets. It literally means the "making fully ready" of something or somebody. Paul, writing to the church in Ephesus, talks about using particular gifts of ministry to “equip the saints for works of service”. It was something of a buzzword back in the 1980s and ‘90s, something I associate with the (very good) ministry of John Wimber. … [Read more...]

Autumn reflection stimulates fresh creativity

The past season's growth and the next I'm busy raking leaves and thinking about the seasons. Things die back, to allow new growth to follow. The Holy Spirit works like that in our lives. We want perpetual summer, but He shows us what to prune, what to sweep up, what to allow to die back, and what to prepare for in the next season. It's challenging, but the Sabbath rest principle applies … [Read more...]