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Everything isn’t about us….

A few years ago, Templeway Church began with moments spent with God in our living room dreaming, listening, reading and sharing conversations with friends. It has been hugely difficult at times. We have struggled personally in the face of mounting responsibilities. Leading a community has often required tangible expressions of this dream in order for it to feel alive and we were constantly learning in reverse, struggling to frame this vision. In the wave of all of this, sometimes God’s voice would become small and insignificant, sometimes we cheated by depending solely on our own abilities and charm. There have been so many moments where God has literally torn us from the edge, reminding us of his presence, whispering to us his all consuming love for a heart that is humble and willing to listen. This morning my simple prayer for you is that as you navigate the path you are on, you will pause to listen, you be humble to receive, you be gracious when filled with God’s power and you will come alive …

Jesus, pizza and community- Part 1

When I moved to Potters Bar one of the first  things I did was join a gym. It was too cold to play basket ball, I don’t know anything about football, so the gym felt like the most logical thing really. The fact is I’d been eating a lot of food since getting here. As a church community we had been asking ourselves – what is Jesus telling us about how we should live. We weren’t interested in all the theological noise that sometimes fills our heads with numbers and times- leaving us all  nervous and shattered in our beds clutching a calculator in one hand and a flashlight  in the other- waiting for the impending doom. We knew that somewhere -Jesus was shouting out an answer that was so much better; So incredibly real and natural and with a grand sense of community. One day over dinner, Peter- an Aussie, a juggernaut of a wizard in all things, shared something with me that has totally overtaken my understanding of Jesus. I will now share this with …

The most awesome Christmas message ever

Can you believe it? Another year is almost gone. Wow! It’s at this time of year that I sometimes feel particularly ancient. Life gets really crazy when you get to a certain age. Questions flood into your mind at ridiculous speeds. They’d be the sort of questions that really grate on you because they’ve been put on hold for years with a queue of other more important things in front of them. So I would say to myself, “All the other stuff can wait”. I’ve got the time. I’ve got the time to love. And I’m not talking about the weak xxx we sometimes lazily put at the end of messages that somehow telepathically imbue onto the receiver all the love in the world that can be had in one moment. What I mean is the kind of love that is tangible. The patient love. The sort of love that slows… down… enough… Love that forgets the time love. It destroys me every time I think about it, but there is a problem. Everyday it seems like perhaps the universe has forgotten this simple concept of love. We’ve forgotten about this love because in many instances we’ve replaced it with hate. It’s a cruel …