Authority as Kingdom promise?

Authority as Kingdom promise?

Power and authority fill my thoughts, in part because I struggle with authority. I struggle with authority, even as I accept it as a sociological reality and, I think, a theological one.  I struggle because I affirm the equality of all believers.  And, so, rarely will you catch me talking about authority over.  More often, … Continue reading

Wearing your power well

Wearing your power well

The topic I most dreaded teaching has become one of my favourites.  And, let me say: when the books seem to be few, and mostly in an area of theology into which you rarely venture, that dread is very real.  So, like all good lecturers, I avoided it for my first year of teaching. Maybe … Continue reading

Joyful submission

Joyful submission

I’ve spent a long time in leadership.  But, right now, in my two major contexts I have no leadership position.  Leadership is more than this, of course, as my class now knows well after two weeks of lectures with me.  For leadership is process and person, perhaps even before it is position.  And though I … Continue reading

Those eyes, that face, that gaze

Those eyes, that face, that gaze

He saw me as I was standing there.  In the shaded part of the house.  The sun was blistering, the bluest of skies and a Mediterranean heat which shimmered.  So dry that the dust was everywhere kicked up, the floors a carpet of the finest of sand grains. I pressed myself against the wall so … Continue reading

Imagination prepared

Imagination prepared

The silence prepares the imagination to receive an incredible truth. Eugene Peterson, Reversed Thunder. Ten months since the viva.  Ten months of mostly silence.  And more preparing than receiving. The incredible truth has yet to be given. Don’t misunderstand.  There have been great joys.  The red gown and prophesying of the thing burning to be … Continue reading

Wine to gladden the heart

Wine to gladden the heart

It was late.  I was tired, sitting out in the warmth of the summer night.  The men had been drinking.  Good wine, it was.  Everyone was happy.  A wedding is always cause for celebration, the joining of two families, the promise of babies.  And just as oil makes faces shine, so wine gladdens the heart. … Continue reading

Small faithfulnesses

Small faithfulnesses

These are the days of small faithfulnesses.  A season of nearly six months where it is enough to have worked all day, to have ploughed through task after task until eventually it is time to sleep and begin again.  Days when progress against the task is small.  That though I work hard and fast, without … Continue reading

Friend, yes.  And slave, yes.

Friend, yes. And slave, yes.

He called me friend, that Man.  He called me friend and I thought I knew. No longer slave, for I know what the Master is doing.  Friend, because all that he has heard from the Father is now made known to me.  He holds nothing back, itself a mystery beyond fathom. I am friend, his … Continue reading

My words for you alone

My words for you alone

Oh, how I wish you would submit to my boxes. And how I delight that you sidestep them so sweetly.  With a smile which is a cross between mischievous and pleased with yourself. The person contemplating can have no control over the other…  If the other is a person, then all we can do is … Continue reading