Monthly Archives: March 2018

Journey #10: Retreating

As I detail in the previous part of this story, over a year we piled up our holiday money for God’s use. We then came back to the word about putting solar panels on the vicarage roof. It didn’t feel like giving, it would benefit us, but the panel would belong to the diocese when we left, also the feed in tariff would be theirs at that point. I think we break even if we …

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Journey #9: Going on holiday

We bought a little terrace to rent out nearly 4 years ago, not long before the whole question of moving to Coventry appeared on our horizon as a complete surprise. We were planning for decades in the Meadows not a move after 6 years. Everything, (even my dream of a Lexus if you’ve been reading the previous blogs, 😉 went on hold at that point. We had a difficult year of living in limbo between …

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Journey #8: the guy who taught me to drive

As I explained in the previous episode of this story my Dad left me a house deposit. My dad was key influence in my financial life. A bank manager, I remember the days when he came home to tell us that his personal lending limit had been raised to £500,000, when he got a Barclays platinum card that allowed him to spend massively without any checks and balances. When he announced these things, there was …

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Journey #7: Listening to the Navigator

In this story of provision and cars; We were now driving a VW, which felt like a big step up from a Ford. I was living without the disaffection towards my car I had previously felt and things were going well, but I hankered after the dream car and wondered what the end goal of the journey would be. The Touran felt like a step back on the path, but not the final destination. “Why/how …

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Journey #6b: Some thoughts along the way

We learn about God within the society into which we are born. As a homeless person or a billionaire each have choices as to how they trust God for provision. God can provide for each of us, he does have a bias to serve those who are poor and help those who are under oppression, but he loves each one of us and will teach us about his provision regardless of our financial starting point. …

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Journeys in Provision #6a: Some thoughts along the way…

At the centre of our faith is the difficulty of human understanding of God. Both Holy and Loving, He is “Justice and mercy,” “Compassionate and gracious… yet does not leave the guilty unpunished,” “Full of grace and truth,” and the apostle Paul talks about “the kindness and sternness of God.” Many of us struggle with God’s seeming duality; this is our human lack of vision. There is no tension in God, no warring factions of …

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Journeys in provision #6: A Strange Ending

As I’ve said in previous parts of this story I had come to hate a perfectly good car, because it represented a lack of obedience to God. We even tried to give the C-max away. It wasn’t that God told us to. It was more an offering of trust and faith. We knew we’d stepped out of God’s will and wanted to sort it out and throw ourselves on His mercy. We had a student …

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Journeys in provision #5: Out of Poverty

I first heard “Poverty Spirit” as a phrase to describe one of the spiritual maladies of the UK. Defined as: The desire to store up wealth ‘for a rainy day’ or to insulate oneself from poverty by a blanket of possessions. We see more of the former in the church and more of the latter in the world. In marriage Caroline and I have identified that we err in different directions on this so can …

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Journeys in Provision #4: Is it really better to give?

It’s amazing how many untruths need unpicking in the human heart. We have a truly patient and loving God who works so gently with us. Without a formal teaching of economics I had laboured under the delusion that there was a finite amount of wealth and resources in the world which needed to be shared out equitably. The idea of wealth creation was new to me, obviously those with who start with more have a …

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