Month: August 2012

The Hard Corps: Endorsed by Steve Timmis

Steve Timmis is director of Acts 29 Western Europe – the church planting network that I belong to. He is also a leader at the Crowded House and co-author of Total Church (amongst other titles). Here’s what he had to say about the Hard Corps:

“Some books are sophisticated, smooth and subtle. This is not one of them. In fact, it should carry a warning for those with a sensitive disposition. It is hard hitting, confronting and very challenging. For all of its bite & boldness, the book displays a sure touch when it comes to handling the Bible because we are always taken to Jesus, the true hero. This is a great book for men to help them consider the call & claims of King Jesus. But in the end, you will not just be challenged about masculinity, you will be taken to the feet of the Ultimate Man so you can act like a real man and worship.”

You can pre-order a copy of the book from the Good Book Company here.

Hankey Adventures Pt.2: Bangor, Northern Ireland

So we had a great time at Souled Out. It was so encouraging to see God at work in the lives of so many young people, and for myself and Michelle to have been able to have been part of the ministry was especially precious. The word on the street is that Michelle’s girls seminar on Sex and Relationships was out of this world, which is a testimony to God’s grace in light of the week that she had just had (her nan was taken seriously ill on the weekend and Michelle had to return to Cardiff to visit her). The kids had a blast and stayed healthy ALL week (answered prayer) and it was refreshing to hook up with old friends, not least Owain and Sian, Meryl, Jon Thomas and the Llwyd brothers.

However, our time in Bala is now over and it’s time for part 2 of the Hankey family adventure – and this time we get to take the kids on the ferry!

Yep! We’re popping up to Holyhead, jumping on the ferry, heading over to the emerald isle and then driving up to Bangor on the coast of Northern Ireland. Our destination is Mitchell manor (not really a manor, just a house!) We are buzzin’ that we get to stay with our friends Glen and Janine Mitchell who have graciously agreed to host the Hankey clan alongside their own tribe (they have 4 kids too!) Glen is one of my fellow Acts 29 Western Europe compadres and serves as the pastor of King’s Church in Bangor. It’s going to be nuts, but it’s also going to be fun as both the Hankeys and the Mitchells clearly LOVE big family mess and madness. This week is going to be much more of a holiday for us and we can’t wait! Please pray that it will be a time of blessing and mutual encouragement for both of our families. Please also pray for a safe journey.

Another thing I’d value prayer for is this coming Sunday morning as Glen has (bravely) asked me to preach at King’s! It’s a huge privilege to do so. Please pray that God would us me to bless, challenge and encourage the fellowship there.


The Hard Corps: Endorsed by Peyton Jones

Peyton Jones is the Pastor of Refuge Long Beach, founder of New Breed, author of Church Zero, and one of my very best friends. Here’s what he had to say about the Hard Corps:

“This book will want you to go punch somebody in the head. Hopefully, it’ll be the world, the flesh, or the devil…your three most formidable foes. Dai Hankey delivers a barefisted beatdown by taking to the field of battle with the toughest hombres in the pages of scripture. This book will cause you to come out swinging, and keep you there till the fight’s over and your knuckles are bloody in your war against sin.”

You can pre-order a copy of the book from the Good Book Company here.

The Hard Corps: Endorsed by Andy Lines

Here’s what Andy Lines, Mission Director for Crosslinks and former Tank Commander, said about the Hard Corps

I much appreciated Dai’s book reflecting on these little-considered characters. The lessons for manly, godly living, are reinforced from elsewhere in Scripture, exemplified in Jesus and rammed home in personal study with good questions. Unlike many character studies Dai keeps pointing away from the character qualities of the people under scrutiy to the God who created them and us too. A great short book with refreshing and direct honesty.

You can pre-order a copy of the book from the Good Book Company here.

New Porterbrook “Testimonies” Video

So last month we concluded the first year of Porterbrook Cardiff. I think it’s fair to say that it was a huge success with 40+ students completing the course. From my perspective (having done the course myself for the first time) it was incredibly helpful in helping me to think through what it means to be part of a community on mission together. The material was very stretching, theologically robust, at times provocative and yet ultimately encouraging. Check out this short video that lets some of our students explain in their own words how Porterbrook has helped them:

We are now enrolling new students for 2012/13 for both the foundational year and also the advanced year. If you are looking for a mission-focussed theology course that you can do in your own time and in your own context, you need to sign up for Porterbrook Cardiff. You can sign up and get more information here.

Hankey Adventures Pt.1: Souled Out

So after literally weeks of planning, packing and getting things in order, today’s the day that the Hankey clan head off on a 2 week adventure that comes in 2 parts.

Part 1 – Souled Out Cymru

I am privileged to be one of the speakers at Souled Out again this Summer. Souled Out is a youth camp for young people that takes place in Bala, North Wales. Bala is my spiritual homeland (I was saved there 20 years ago this summer!) And Souled Out is a cracking youth event. I really enjoyed my time there last summer, as did my family who will once again be coming with me.

My involvement at Souled Out includes preaching a 3 part series and taking several seminars for the boys on sexual purity and godly living. Who knows I might even bust a rap or two as well!! Michelle is also going to be taking a seminar for the girls which I’m buzzin’ about cos she’s got a great heart and gift for communicating gospel truth to young women. We’ll also hopefully get out and about in the beautiful North Wales countryside at various points, which is always good for the soul. One of the things I’m most looking forward to is meeting old friends and church leaders from around Wales. I’m especially looking forward to hanging out with my old friend Jonathan Thomas from Ammanford and sitting under his preaching for a bit.

Please do pray for us a family this week – that we will be well used and well rested and refreshed. Pray for the kids especially that they remain free of sickness and tantrums! And please also pray for our travelling – the weather is mingin’ today!

The Souled Out phase will take us through to Friday, after which we’ll be jumping on a ferry and heading across to the emerald isle and heading off to the coast of Northern Ireland. More about that next week.


The Hard Corps: Endorsed by Gary Smith

Here’s what my very good friend, Gary Smith, CEO of Ignite and co-author of 7 Myths of Youth Ministry, said about the Hard Corps

“Dai Hankey is a man’s man. I mean he is an attentive husband and a doting father but he’s not big into hugs from blokes, is not a fan of the power ballad and has never eaten quiche. This book is not just one of his customary rants – it’s so much more. It’s a biblical manifesto of what it means to be a man of God. I loved this book and was challenged by it. However for me it represented more. Over the years I have know him, Dai and I have shared a journey together as we have met at events, conferences and coffee shops. We discussed not only the white knuckle warriors in the book but men who we knew that were being taken out by the roaring lion. I think this book should become essential reading for Christian men. Then not only will less be devoured by the sneaky beast but more often he will get the kicking he deserves from the newly empowered army flexing the Kingdom muscles they exercised as a result of treating this as a training manual that it truly is. Buy one for yourself and then one for every bloke you are doing life with.”

You can pre-order a copy of the book from the Good Book Company here.

The Hard Corps: Endorsed by Matt Chandler

Here’s what Matt Chandler, Pastor at the Village Church, President of Acts 29 and author of The Explicit Gospel, said about the Hard Corps

“Over the last few years I have watched with a great deal of joy God raise up young men and churches in the UK. Dai is an example of the type of men God is raising up. Faithful to the scriptures, missional in his approach and passionate about the call of God to make disciples of all nations. Pick up “The Hard Corps” and let the Spirit of God encourage and challenge you.”

You can pre-order a copy of the book from the Good Book Company here.

The Cover That Never Made It!

The Hard Corps book cover that I featured on the Rant the other day was not the only design concept that we considered. Among the other designs there was one in particular that I flippin’ loved that had a classic marvel comic feel. On reflection I think we definitely went with the right cover for the book. However, I was absolutely buzzin’ when the guys at the Good Book Company decided to surprise me by sending me a giant poster version of the Marvel concept. It’s definitely going to get framed and hung on the wall of my office (if I ever get an office!!) You can see it for yourself below. Huge respect to Andre Parker for both designing it (as well as the final cover) and for being kind enough to bless me with an epic poster!

Banksy Wednesday – Olympic Special

While I am fully aware that I haven’t done a Banksy Wednesday for well over a year now, I saw this and couldn’t resist posting it! I have no way of guaranteeing that it is an original Banksy (though I’m kind of thinking that it is!) Even if it’s not, you can’t deny that it’s both topical and comical: