Usually, depending upon our personality type, each of us has a ‘love language’ that means the world to us. It’s a way of communicating, not necessarily through words, that leaves us feeling valued and incredibly special. However, it’s when your demand for your ‘loved one’ to speak your own particular love language increases that the relationship usually begins to unravel rather than strengthen.
In recent times there’s been a movement within the church luring Jesus into the category of alpha male. They cite that many men stay away from church because they view it as a ‘ladies club’, prompting a number of church leaders to attempt to take Jesus out of the limp wristed, semi-geeky and semi-camp imagery and more into a macho, ‘carpentered up’ image of ‘who he really was and is.’ But, is it based on scripture or is it a misdiagnosis of the reason why there’s more women in church than men?
Most Christian homes have one. It’s either found on a mug, a fridge magnet or in the bathroom! Can you guess what it is yet? It’s a copy of ‘Footprints in the Sand’. I’ve decided that even though it’s the most popular piece of Christian literature outside of the Bible itself, it’s a sacred cow and I don’t like it.
Firstly, I need to say that I like Rob Bell. I cried as I turned the empty pages at the close of ‘Drops Like Stars’. He’s a thinker, a lover of people and a Christian leader of our age. It’s this third Characteristic that has led me to write this short article… Rob has a problem that I have also grappled with (and who in their right mind wouldn’t?). How can a good God send good people to Hell forever? When we say ‘good people’, we mean people that work an honest living, raise an honest family and really care for the world around them. Rob’s answer is to adjust the nature of God, adjust the true nature of people and to adjust the means through which we must all come to God.
This fantastic e-book is from the personal journey of Dave Gilpin, revealing that what the world might see as a deficiency may actually be your greatest asset!
The Mind Map Small Group Studies are designed to be used in a small group setting. We’ve designed each Small Group meeting to begin with a 10-minute DVD episode followed by a 35-minute study. Each episode looks at one aspect of the renewing of the Mind from Romans 12:2, and gives great practical help in lining up the commitments of the Mind with the convictions of the spirit.
Dave Gilpin has discovered that when he’s going through troubled times the one set of footprints in the sand the ‘one set of footprints’ in the sand are not the foot prints of Jesus but his own size 10’s. Someone’s telling porkies! God wants to create strong champions not needy children. Since then Dave has discovered other sacred cows grazing in the fields of our faith.
TheMindMap.tv website is LIVE! It is full of videos, ebooks, resources, Mindmap Tasters, The Mind Map Diaries, articles, podcasts and plenty more! Experiencing the full panorama of God’s ‘good, pleasing and perfect will’ requires not only faith to believe, but a change in the thinking process. The Mindmap Series has been developed to explain the process of the ‘renewing of the mind’ and to give people the tools to help them change the skyline of their thoughts and habits so as to experience more of God’s plans and purposes for their lives.
Rage Against Beige is a collection of well known poems, songs, sayings and quotes which have been slightly altered to aide Dave Gilpin to voice his displeasure for the colour beige! The book was bought by the Ikea British head office in 2007 for a marketing campaign. It’s a bit of fun but should provoke readers to make sure that they are adding splashes of colour to all they do.
Behind everything you see is something you don’t see. This book is designed to outline nuggets of wisdom that often remain invisible behind thriving churches and ministries. Mixed with a touch of humour, this book looks at Top 10’s of everything to do with Christian Leadership. It gives advise on many subjects that may prove to be invaluable to established and up and coming leaders.