I Thought This Was Supposed to Be Fun

I Thought This Was Supposed to Be Fun

A couple of weeks ago, Liz had a new violin student show up. I realised the other day I hadn’t seen her since. I asked Liz where she was, and she told me the person realised that she didn’t want to practice and wouldn’t be coming back. If she had stuck with it, in...
Fat Guy in a Little Coat

Fat Guy in a Little Coat

This post is number 4 in a series on the major streams of Christianity and my time in each. So far, I have mentioned:Orthodox (the one major stream I have had no involvement with)Catholic and Mainline Protestant Pentecostal ( I consider Pentecostal/Charismatic largely...
Drawing a Crowd

Drawing a Crowd

I am officially on holiday!! I’m hoping to post some photos here over the next week as we will be in some scenic places. Today I wanted to repost something put up here a few years ago as I think it ties in well with the series we just completed. :: originally...
Amazing

Amazing

One of the verses that had a huge impact on how I saw discipleship was a passage in Luke chapter 7. It is the story where the centurion sends someone to Jesus asking Jesus to heal his servant. And at the end of the story, Jesus is Amazed by the centurion’s faith and...

Voting for Jesus

Confession time. Sometimes a situation arises and my brain kicks into problem-solving mode. Occasionally that can be positive. I’m learning more and more that when the “something that happens” is a person, seeing them as a problem to solve is a mindset I need to give...

5 Costly Mistakes of Judging Those Who Suffer

Who is to blame? Who sinned, this man or his parents? You may remember the story. Jesus and his disciples are walking along and see a man who was blind. In fact he had been blind from birth. So they ask Jesus “Whose fault is it that this person is blind?” “Did his...

What We Are Dreaming

This was originally published over at DublinChurchPlant.com in 2012. Thought it might be helpful to repost. As we have spent time over the past 2 years dreaming about this new community and what it will look like, some key themes have risen to the top. This section...

Carrots and Sticks

Over on our family blog (TheWilsonsInDublin.com), I’ve started a  series of posts explaining how we got from Ithaca to Ireland. In one of last week’s posts I talked a bit about a very difficult time our family went through from 2007 to 2009. In...

A Couple Thoughts on Transformation

What is our goal? Whether we are talking about our Sunday service, our kinships, or really anything we do as a church, when we get to the question of, “what are we hoping to see happen out of this?” it always comes down to transformation. Will what we do,...

Week of Prayer & Fasting @ the Vineyard

If you’ve been at the Vineyard over the past couple of Sundays, then you’ve probably heard that we are taking this next week as a week of prayer & fasting.  While we’re sure some of you have had some experience with prayer & fasting in the...