Monthly Archives: June 2013

Thursday Review: The Trellis and the Vine

These summary statements are well worth examining. I’ve seen them repeated so often I don’t think I’m going to buy the book! They are however well worth pondering.

Tim Chester

A review of Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything (Matthias Media).

‘Vine work is about the ministry of the Word of God, by the power of the Spirit. It is the ministry that sees people converted, changed, and made mature in Christ. Trellis work is all the other things we do in our churches that hopefully support that vine work, but which actually aren’t vine work in themselves.’ The authors of this book don’t dismiss ‘trellis work’  – all the institutional and structural stuff of church. But they argue we need a refocus onto ‘vine work’ – making disciples.

There’s a lot of good stuff in this book. I particularly love the key principles elaborated of chapters 2 and 12:

Ministry mind-shifts

1. From running programs to building people

2. From running events to training people

3. From using…

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The Week of June 9th

An interesting Reformed approach to the daily lectionary… unfortunately no way I can find to communicate with the author… he says “leave a comment” but the comments are closed! Doh!

The Riddle of Psalm 89

Fortunately the Riddle finds its resolution in Christ!

P.R.A.Y. the Bible

ethan_psalm89Whether you use a journaling app on your phone… a composition notebook… or fancier journal, it’s useful to write out what comes to mind as you P.R.A.Y. the scriptures.

Here’s a sample of a journal entry.

You may read it and decide “this is better than I could do”… or you may decide “I could do far better than that”. The point is that by recording your efforts to P.R.A.Y. you can focus your own mind, have a record of your spiritual exercises, and have Good News to share (an important part of being a whole hearted follower of Christ).

In other words, “just journal it” then pray it!

The Riddle of Psalm 89

Psalm 89 begins extolling all the Lord’s promises to David. How glorious!

The latter part bemoans the divine chastisement that has befallen David’s succession.

How can both be true and God be faithful?

On its own…

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P.R.A.Y. Psalm 8

P.R.A.Y. the Bible … based on Martin Luther’s “A Simple Way To Pray”.

P.R.A.Y. the Bible

Resources to P.R.A.Y. Psalm 8

Study Guide: P.R.A.Y. Psalm 8

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