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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

A scrappy work

A scrappy work

I never was a seasoned pastor’s wife.  We were church planters and that is scrappy work. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert I always thought I’d be a terrible pastor’s wife.  I don’t fit the stereotype.  And whilst there are so many pastors’ wives out there who don’t either, you know exactly which … Continue reading

The grace of God

The grace of God

The grace of God first kills before it makes alive. How many times I have wanted to write that in five years.  To agree with those words attributed to Tom Torrance by one of his doctoral students, Ray Anderson. And yet I have not.  Because of originality.  Because of other more pressing writing.  Because I … Continue reading

Dismantling and energising

Dismantling and energising

Brueggemann talks about the prophetic imagination in some powerful ways.  For him, it is about an alternative consciousness with two lofty aims.  First, it quietly seeks to dismantle the dominant consciousness.  Then it hopes to energise the community of faith by promises of what will be. I see this in my own leadership and living.  That I … Continue reading

Impossible hope

Impossible hope

Sometimes someone else’s words capture the very thing you have been trying to say: The dreaming of impossible things in the Lord is the act of hope.  The act of hope does not ignore the chaos within and without, nor is it a dream for everything to be returned to the secure ways of the … Continue reading

Leading towards true north

Leading towards true north

…if a leader could learn to be a well-differentiated presence, by the very nature of his or her being he or she could promote differentiation and support creative imagination throughout the system…not by focusing on techniques for moving others, but by focusing on the nature of his or her own being and presence. Edwin H. … Continue reading

Pain-bearing leadership

Pain-bearing leadership

Leaders bear pain.  It’s been a theme of mine recently.  For strength does not mean being impervious to pain.  And leadership reframing of reality means first staring death in the face. It’s been a theme in this space because I’ve seen it again and again in the space of my daily living.  Leadership means carrying the pain … Continue reading

A strength learned

A strength learned

The measure of strength as a virtue of character is not how much pressure one can exert against others but how much stress one can absorb without breaking apart.  The strong person is not impervious to pain but persevering in purpose. Ray Anderson, Soulprints I have learned about strength over recent months.  I have learned … Continue reading

Naming for reframing

Naming for reframing

Naming reality and then reframing it. I’ve done a lot of that again this week.  In conversation after unplanned conversation.  And as I’ve done so, I’ve heard that whisper which might be God’s.  A tendril of thought, drawing my attention to what it is that I do and to how others respond. In the midst … Continue reading

Land unknown and unfamiliar

Land unknown and unfamiliar

Spiritual direction is an art, a creative process by which, together, we dare to imagine wild and exciting new possibilities for ourselves and God’s world.  It is a dangerous business because it involves the transgression of limits and our entering into the unknown and unfamiliar. Alan Jones, Exploring Spiritual Direction. The last twelve months I’ve certainly … Continue reading