David

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I'm the ordained leader of Westwood Church, sharing leadership with Stevey and Caroline. Father to an awesome family, looking forward to God's continuing work in Coventry. Privileged to enjoy a team of missionary servants, paid and unpaid building an awesome church with many different expressions of life in its fullest. This is a place to communicate across the church and be visible to more people than I can get to in person.

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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Journeys in Provision #3a: A Rabbit Trail in Education

Journeys in Provision #3a: A Rabbit Trail in Education

During the period where God was challenging my views on prosperity, I had a meeting with Rob, the headmaster of a private Christian school which happened to be in our parish. He messed with my philosophy of education. He explained how most people wanted a ‘Christian’ education for their children, but what they meant was to instil a good work ethic, get them to behave well and focus hard so that they could get good …

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Journeys in Provision #3: To a new home

Journeys in Provision #3: To a new home

Moving to Nottingham and becoming church leader in my own right, rather than an assistant, was good for me in many ways. The downside was that it fostered the delusion that I was providing for myself. Intuitively, I held to the notion that I was now a mature adult and that I needed to be a good steward rather than live in the joy, freedom and teaching zone that is financial reliance on God. I …

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Journeys in Provision #2: Into Trust

Journeys in Provision #2: Into Trust

Back in 2007, I was looking for a shiny new car. I did a wedding for a lovely couple in the parish and he was a Ford salesman. He didn’t try and sell me at all, but I figured I might get a good deal via the favour I’d built through doing a good job of their wedding and everything around it. We went to see him and he sensibly let me deal with another …

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Journeys in Provision #1: Into Repentance

Journeys in Provision #1: Into Repentance

The drive home from church (my workplace) passed a cluster of car showrooms. I remember it as a single event, but it was most likely an accumulation of journeying through the concerted advertising attempts of 4 major companies. I was a new dad, resisting the temptation to show my love for my firstborn by purchasing every new thing that would prove my love for him. Materialism attempting to pollute my wonder at the joy of …

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