Separation

Separation

I read a book this summer, “The Book of Strange New Things” by Michael Faber. It’s a science fiction novel, but driven more by character than plot. It’s the story of a man, Peter Leigh, who leaves Earth to travel to the planet Oasis. Peter’s Earth seems...
Practices of a sent people

Practices of a sent people

As part of a teaching series I have been working through Mike Frost’s book Surprise the World, five habits of highly missional people. One of the favourite Bible verses used by missional people is John 20:21 “Peace be with you, as the Father has sent me, I am sending...
The power of connection

The power of connection

Alan McWilliam, a veteran church planter, Church of Scotland minister, and director of Forge Europe, urges all pioneers to stay connected to others.   I was reading an autopsy report recently. Not something I do often but it caught my eye and I was drawn into...
What key’s the right one?

What key’s the right one?

Gordon Cheung, a church planter in south Glasgow, thinks about how the Gospel can be seen as good news by those we’re trying to reach.   On Easter Sunday 2017, Peter Brierley’s Scottish Church Census was released and commented on by the Herald newspaper. It...
Living well when change is the new “normal”

Living well when change is the new “normal”

Helen Brough, Director of Forge Scotland, lists her six top tips for living in evolving circumstances   Love it or loath it, this summer is hot! It’s not exactly what we’re used to…..and presents us with unexpected opportunities and challenges. Who knew that a...
1000 churches in our lifetime?

1000 churches in our lifetime?

I was in America recently. Is that enough? Title and first line. Enough to put you off? Probably. Me too. And yet … I was hugely challenged by the audacity of the speakers in the conference I was in. Imagine anyone even suggesting such a thing as planting 1000...
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