The latest from Harvest

Church planting: early days

22 November 2017

I recently heard Eugene Peterson speaking on ‘Godspeed’: this is a concept we have at times interpreted as everything happening miraculously quickly … but Eugene suggests ‘Godspeed’ is more like operating at the pace Jesus did … ON FOOT and with TIME to STOP and CONNECT with PEOPLE … This is a very powerful thought…

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Kingdom Ministry
Under an Agapē-ing God

17 November 2017

And regardless of what else you put on, wear agapē. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. (Col. 3:14) For God agapē-d the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (Jn. 3:16) Dear friends, since God…

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Community…who needs it?

08 November 2017

It is a modern marvel of technology that within moments of my wife posting a picture of our two adorable little girls (yes… I am a little biased) on social media, friends from the other side of the globe comment on just how cute they are (ok … I’ll stop doting now). Social media and…

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Shalom-ing Our World:
A Major Aspect of Effective Kingdom Ministry

05 November 2017

“The church is—and is to become—a living embodiment of God’s peace-making good news in Christ.” (Michael Gorman) ‘We are all on a mission from God’. This short adage by Jake and Elwood from The Blues Brothers encapsulates what being a Christian and part of a Christian community is all about. The question arises: what is the…

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Conversing with God

03 November 2017

Tania Harris is a world-renowned pastor, speaker, author, and founder of God Conversations, yet very grounded and humble. Her journey started when she was 21, when Tania realised that knowing of God and hearing him speak through other people just wasn’t enough. She wanted to know God deeper and hear from him directly. Tania wasn’t…

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‘Real’ Ministry

01 November 2017

William Wilberforce is a well-known hero of the Christian faith. He was one of the leaders in the struggle to abolish slavery in the British Empire. His tenacity and the toll the struggle took on him are inspiring reading. The story has even been transformed into the movie Amazing Grace. What I’d like to do,…

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Grant’s Story

23 October 2017

People respond to and journey through suffering differently. Personally I am pain and suffering averse. I don’t seek it but when I do experience it, no matter how small the pain, I grumble and complain … externally and, many times, quite dramatically. My wife Trudy, on the other hand, takes pain in her stride and…

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Carrying on her good work

18 October 2017

Yay! I survived the first unit of the Doctor of Ministry, and I was pretty happy with it, considering that the last time I wrote an essay was more than a decade ago! So, why am I doing the doctorate at Harvest, since I am in that season of life where I am a grandmother…

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What does the Book of Acts have to say to us today?

09 October 2017

Acts is one of my favourite Bible books. Although I know the story almost by heart, it never ceases to inspire and challenge me. I could wish I was one of those characters doing that stuff for Jesus, or rather being used by the Holy Spirit in His power and grace. I must admit, however,…

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No Pain, No Gain

25 September 2017

In this article I continue to drill down into our conception and theology of pain and struggle through some more observations of God’s created order. Observation 1. It seems that God has designed our body to develop to maturity through its struggle against bacteria. Between us, my children and I have a cocktail of allergies…

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