I am a husband, a dad, a mentor, a musician, a story-teller, a seeker of truth and a barefoot walker. The background to my work today is a journey which began in a powerful encounter with Jesus in 1982 (at the church of St Andrew’s Chorleywood.) Theological education in the UK and Brazil kicked off a journey that has taken me around the world, from the UK to Australia, as pastor, mentor, pioneer-planter, intentional interim minister, and Archdeacon.
My life is rooted in God, the Source of all things, one who deeply loves every human being. I look to Jesus as the precise incarnation of that God. That’s what grounds me. It is my joy to continue in this discovery – which is healing for me, and for others and for a world in need. That’s why I make it my aim to be a lifelong Pilgrim.
Who’s on your Team for 2019?
(ABN 79 786 272 780)
21 People who have influenced me
20 Books that have influenced me…for the better
RADIO SHOW & RANDOM MUSIC
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH – click here to tune into my Sunday evening show of Gospel & Inspirational music 1st & 2nd Sundays – 8pm-10pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Just for your listening pleasure…(personal playlist)
A Song of Worship – Ben Cleaver, “You’re Always”
A Song of Worship – Ben Cleaver, “Lord of Grace”
A Song of Worship – Ben Cleaver, “Hide”
TINA TURNER SECTION
1999 Jana Lynne-White “Speak Easy” interview with Tina Turner @60
Tina Turner @63 – 2002 Interview – Introducing her Retirement Album
Tina@73 – Interview with Oprah, in Retirement and on HoneymoonI
In Sickness and in Health – @79 Tina Turner reflects on life after a stroke, kidney failure, a fall and a son’s suicide. (2018)
ICONIC MOMENTS SECTION
What do you do when it’s not your audience…?
When your time-slot on the stage is up but the Song hasn’t finished with You!
An Important Soundtrack from When I was Very Young!
No-one who watched this as a child can listen & not be moved by the music
Jumpin’ Jive 1943 – Cab Calloway & the Nicholas Brothers (just because!)
More Listening Pleasure…(personal playlist)
RUTH WALLIS & AFROSHE
Ruth Wallis & AfroShe
“Nappily Ever After” – celebrating a natural hair journey (October 2018)
Intro to AfroShe products
Welcoming Lalalalalaa to the hardworking team at AfroShe…I think…
Celebrating a Brave Girl’s Stand (September 2016)
“We were told that our hair ‘doesn’t represent the school.’” (March 2017)
Banned for Dreadlocks…(March 2017)
AfroShe – Freeing the ‘Fro
TEACHINGS FROM THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION (posts & podcasts)
A brief introduction to the teachings that follow…
Becoming a Christian
THE GENESIS OF US – Genesis is an intriguing ancient library of texts. In the form we now have it, how does it frame the story of the Bible, God and Jesus? And in its current form what does it have to say about us today?
Scrolls, Stories & Creation – Genesis 1:1-3
All about How we Listen and How we Feel – Genesis 1:1-2:3
The Story of Us and what The Fall wasn’t – Genesis 2:15-3:24
Did Jesus have a sinful nature? And what The Fall wasn’t – Genesis 2:15-3:24
It’s about Soul Work and Keeping…Genesis 4:1-24
NEW BOOK – The words of Genesis are enigmatic and hold deep mysteries for the translator. My new book revisits some translation issues which reach to the even more ancient sources on which Genesis draws. Written in collaboration with some world-class scholars this exploration reveals some unfamiliar layers to the story we’re all familiar with – all of which leads us to some surprising conclusions. Watch this space for the new book…
The Great Reformers established the importance of perpetually returning to the Scriptural sources of Christian faith and asking afresh, “Have we read this right?” From time to time our habitual patterns of thought and doctrine find themselves challenged by a refreshed reading of the Scriptures…
Re-discovering the Kingdom of God…
“Come Sunday,” Carlton Pearson & the fires of Hell
Beauty, Sex and Babies, and what Augustine got wrong…
Understanding Church as Households (PODCAST)
Women’s Leadership & the Bible
God Loves People and Places
Everything we Need for Today (PODCAST)
A SPIRITUAL TOOLKIT
Listening to God 1.01– a theological basis
Learning to Hear the Voice of God – a panel discussion
How we handle a difficult Bible as Holy Scripture
Rumours of Angels Part 1
Rumours of Angels – Part 2
Good News or Bad News – A Better Telling
The Power of a Little Ritual
The Simplicity of Bold, Persistent Prayer
When God tells us to Go
Art, Performance and the Spirit of Pentecost
Following the Spirit & Applying the Blood of Jesus
Families, Churches & Spiritual Warfare 1.01
On How we Handle Change and Transition
Can we Enter into God’s New Thing?
Are you Grading yourself or Grounding yourself in God?
A Time to Lament
What does Slow Food have to do with Jesus?
Why posts about what you had for dinner are important
Poverty and the Gift of Delight
THE LUKE 10 ROAD-TRIP – is about re-framing our idea of Christian mission. It’s all about how we incarnate God’s love for people & grace-fill our relationships following the steps Jesus’ laid out for his first 72 missionaries:
Fixing Attitudes, Multiplying Channels & Occupying Territory
Giving Away & Sharing the Journey
Finding and Recognizing People of Peace
Being Good Guests in the Lives of Others
Acts of Befriending – Churching or Discipling
NOTES ON MY SPIRITUAL ROOTS IN VINEYARD
Carol Wimber talks about Vineyard’s Roots (8 PODCASTS)
Five Step Model for ministering with Healing (PODCAST)
Saying Thank You to St Andrew’s Chorleywood
Vineyard and the Avoidance of Hype
The Heart of Vineyard Worship – No Small Gift
Rare Live Vineyard Worship 1984 (PODCAST)
Vineyard DNA & New Wine (PODCAST)
Vineyard’s Vital Debt to Quakerism
SHARING THE JOURNEY OF SIMPLE, ORGANIC CHURCH
All around the world Christian believers are moving out of larger feudal structures into simpler, more organic ways of being Church. Right now my family is enjoying being church with friends and families who live within walking distance. We love it. We also love to share the journey with friends further afield. We are not building a community, rather we are remembering how to live as believers in the community. Our family’s journey into this way of being church reflects in the public conversations below with my brother Molong Nacua in Cebu, the Philippines and my brother Aaron Snow in Texas USA. Enjoy…
Living as Organic Church – a Conversation with Molong Nacua in the Philippines
A THREE YEAR CONVERSATION WITH AARON SNOW:
Sharing the journey with Aaron Snow – Part 1 – Ministry & Life’s Seasons
Sharing the journey with Aaron Snow – Part 2 – And What is Church?
Sharing the Journey with Aaron Snow – Part 3 – Vocations & Priorities
Sharing the Journey with Aaron Snow – Part 4 – Fundamentals and Unity
Sharing the Journey with Aaron Snow – Part 5 – Church and Kids in 2016
Sharing the Journey with Aaron Snow – Part 6 – Non-negotiables and Tree Changes
A WIDER PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING…
When Animals are our Angels
Jesus, the Shepherds, the Wise Men and…Santa??
Is your Theology ready for Other Worlds?
Dr Edgar Alan Mitchell at the 2001 Disclosure Event, Washington DC
Linda Moulton Howe on the famous Roswell Crash
Jay Leno in my Favourite Car!
An Acting Masterclass with Michael Caine
On the Wisdom of Cats
Out of the Mouths of Babes – some wisdom from my kids…
Rare Interview with the Duke & Duchess of Windsor
An Empowering Experience – an interview for “The Word” – a Canberra journal in 2008. Interviewer Chris Davis