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Resources and opportunities for shepherds.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise
shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the L
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the L
ORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 34.1-3

Resources for Shepherds
Why are people in the Western world so different from people everywhere else? Joseph Henrich says the Church had a lot to do with this. Read my brief review of his book, The WEIRDest People in the World, by clicking here.

As we start emerging from the pandemic restrictions, many pastors are taking stock – of themselves and their ministries. Our Pastoral Hope Initiative provides an opportunity for you to do a thorough assessment of yourself and your ministry, and to start thinking about where to go from here. Brief videos, online sessions, and readings combine – with me to guide you – for an exercise in taking stock that could be of enormous help.

If you have not yet downloaded our free PDF, Pray for Revival, you can do so by clicking here. Join us for the rest of March as we focus on seeking the Lord daily for revival, renewal, and awakening.

The Ailbe Seminary
There are many ways to use the written word to deepen and extend your ministry. Our free course, The Writing Pastor, can help you get started in a more meaningful and consistent use of the written word to improve and enhance your calling. Watch this brief preview video, then register at The Ailbe Seminary and enroll for the course.

Ailbe Resources and Opportunities
The Visible Unity of the Church Project
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (Jn. 17.20, 21). Jesus prayed for unity among His followers. Do we even do that? Is our witness for the Lord suffering because of our lack of visible unity? Maintaining our unity in the Spirit is hard work, as Paul acknowledged (Eph. 4.3). How are you working to realize more visible unity with other congregations in your community? Write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your story about your experience of seeking the visible unity of Christ’s Body.

Ailbe Podcasts
Have you discovered our two podcasts yet? The Ailbe Podcast covers a wide range of interests and activities involving the Brothers in our Fellowship and the work we’re doing together.

The InVerse Theology Project podcast covers all the bases of theological study – Biblical, Creational, Historical, Systematic, Practical, and Spiritual – in lively verse style. Each volume features installments on each of these topics.

Personal Mission Field
Every believer has a Personal Mission Field. This is where God sends us, like He sent Jesus (Jn 20.21) to bring the Kingdom of God near to the people in our lives. Have you identified your Personal Mission Field? Have you led your leaders and church members to do so? Watch this brief video, then download the worksheet and get started.

Come pray with us!
Why do we pray for revival? How can you begin to pray for revival? Men from around this country and beyond gather regularly to pray for revival, using a psalm to guide us in our 30-minute online group. Join us every Tuesday morning at 10:00 Eastern. Just write and let me know that you’d like to join our group. Or if you’d like more information, or want to start a group of your own, just write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I’ll get back to you right away.

What in Heaven?
Jesus is exalted in glory, seated and ruling at the right hand of God. But what is He doing there? Our new book, What in Heaven is Jesus Doing on Earth?, offers a lively overview of the ascension and session of Christ, complete with questions for reflection or discussion. Order your copy here.

Psalm of the Week
Please feel free to use Psalm 34 in your personal or corporate worship (all psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter, available here):

Psalm 34
Alleluia (Lowe)Mighty God, While Angels Bless You
I will bless the Lord at all times; I shall praise Him evermore!
My soul makes its boast in Jesus – Him we gladly all adore!
Refrain v. 3
Magnify the Name of Jesus! Let us lift His Name in praise!

When I sought the Lord, He answered and from fear delivered me.
Those who look to Him are radiant; shamed their face shall never be.

When I cried to God, He heard me, and from trouble rescued me.
‘Round their camp His angel lingers that they may delivered be.

Taste and see how good is Jesus; blessed are all who in Him hide.
None shall lack for any blessing who in Christ will e’er confide.

Though the beasts succumb to hunger, all who seek Him all things have.
Listen, children, I will teach you how to fear Him who can save.

Who loves life?  Who longs for goodness?  Keep your tongue from evil ways.
Turn to good, from wicked wand’ring; peace pursue through all your days.

For the eyes of Jesus ever look to meet His people’s need.
Though He stands against the wicked, He will hear us when we plead.

When for help we cry to Jesus, He will save, for He is near.
He delivers us from trouble, for He holds us ever dear.

See the Righteous as He suffers: God will save Him from His pains.
All His bones He keeps through suff’ring, every one, intact remains.

Let affliction slay the wicked; they who hate us are condemned!
Jesus saves His faithful servants, all who refuge seek in Him.

From the Celtic Revival

Lest we begin thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought:

“While you seek what is denied, repeat what is condemned, and gild what is foul, why do you not take notice of yourself, wretched mankind, inwardly rotten, full of bile, rheum, fluid, blood, and phlegm, but outwardly a skin washed yet never clean? For you are always stained and defiled from the inner filth of your uncleanness; though you be washed daily, you are polluted daily.” 

- Columbanus, Sermon VII, Irish, 7th century[1]

We need to guard against trusting in our own insights, abilities, or ideas. We can only trust Jesus. As we do so, He transforms us into His own image.

Read more from the leaders of the Celtic Revival (ca. 430-800 AD) in recent issues of Crosfigell by clicking here. Would you like to learn more about the Celtic Revival? Write to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and I’ll send you our free book, The Celtic Revival: A Brief Introduction, in PDF.

T. M. Moore

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All Psalms for singing are from
The Ailbe Psalter.

[1] Walker, p. 91.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.
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