Six things

Six things

I had an ambitious sabbatical list.  Only six things on it but they were six BIG things! The thing is, God has more than given me what I asked for.  Not, of course, that it was looking good even three weeks ago!  God is like that with me.  He keeps me waiting, the girl who … Continue reading

Reviews – March 2014

Reviews – March 2014

Joseph Hellerman, Embracing Shared Ministry The work of academic-practitioners always interests me and this was no different.  Hellermann writes as a scholar with considerable understanding of the cultural background to the Philippian church (see his earlier monograph) yet also as a pastor whose heart is to express how any of this matters to today’s church.  … Continue reading

Last day of sabbatical

Last day of sabbatical

It’s so long since I have posted that I hardly know what to say.  Words are backed up, piling on top of one another in their eagerness to get out and blocking all flow of thought.  There is so much to tell in a month where I have not even blogged once.  So much to … Continue reading

Reviews – February 2014

Reviews – February 2014

Head bowed in shame.  I’ve owed some book reviews for some pretty significant time!  Here goes with a few, at least… Micha Boyett, Found Boyett’s another of those U.S. Christian women bloggers.  Because of that, it’d be easy for her writings to get lost in the sheer vastness of material being produced daily.  But there is … Continue reading

Living in the promise

Living in the promise

January was dark this year. Whether it was darker than usual I don’t know.  But it was dark outside and in.  Pitch-black mornings and drawn-in evenings.  Sleeping for hours and hours and hours.  Yet always tired. A tiredness which is almost like an itch, a physical sensation, a mental weariness.  No tears but a heart … Continue reading

A sabbatical liturgy

A sabbatical liturgy

I’m past the halfway point with this sabbatical now.  I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that, to be honest.  Time runs faster and faster, it seems to me.  Though, bit by bit, I am getting better at this walking slower thing! There’s a part of me which my husband refers to as must-achieve.  Affectionately, … Continue reading

Going to church

Going to church

So yeah, as I was saying, the church… Sunday morning.  New week, new church.* I walk in, trying to look somewhat less like the lost stray that I feel.  I take a service sheet if it’s on offer.  Or I nod and smile at the person on the door.  Sometimes they shake my hand.  But … Continue reading

Ministry on the margins

Ministry on the margins

It’s been educational, this visiting other churches thing. On lots of levels, I guess. To be honest, I can’t work out why anyone would actually go to any of the Sunday services I’ve been to unless they’d fallen irrevocably in love with Jesus and therefore also with his people.  (You get caught up with him, … Continue reading

When the W.I. gets theological…

When the W.I. gets theological…

Once a month or so, a handful of girls gathers in an office to read 5000 words and eat cake and drink coffee.  We usually find that a couple of the men from along the corridor manage to time their appearances at the door just right.  Ostensibly, they come to make fun of us for … Continue reading