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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

Tears like hiccups

Tears like hiccups

Sometimes I reflect here on depression.  It’s part of my story, a bit like a virus that remains dormant most of the time but every so often comes out to play.  As I live, I learn more about how this thing called depression works.  I discover how I can live from a place in Christ and his … Continue reading

Subversive prophetic

Subversive prophetic

Subversive is not a word which figures often in my vocabulary.  Chloe is the quiet one, the one who prefers the way of peace and generally opts for compliance. Though some of you think me unafraid to say it like it is, I hold back.  More than you’d know.  I find a way to silence my own … Continue reading

A grace wilder and more violent

A grace wilder and more violent

This is a wilder grace, and one more violent.  Over the last three months, I have prayed the same prayer three or four times a week, each time on my handmade prayer stool.  I have asked God to help me submit willingly to what seems like barrenness, knowing that the grace of God first kills before it makes … 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

Too busy to love, too busy to bless

Too busy to love, too busy to bless

Alice Shirey talks this month in Leadership about being too busy to love and to bless: I recently read a quote from Kasim Reed, the young mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. He said “Atlanta has long been known as the city that is too busy to hate .… we must also be the city not too busy … Continue reading

Writing as a method

Writing as a method

After my most recent post on writing, I came across this webpage belonging to Stephen Mumford about his academic writing method.  Unfortunately I can’t remember which blog pointed me to it so can’t give them credit! The Mumford method, as it seems to have been dubbed, is quite interesting.  You need to read the link … Continue reading

Grist for the mill

Grist for the mill

So much of writing is about sitting down and doing it every day, and so much of it is about getting into the custom of taking in everything that comes along, seeing it all as grist for the mill. These words from Anne Lamott are as insightful as ever!  They pretty much describe my life … Continue reading

The weird quiet girl

The weird quiet girl

I’m an introvert.  I know it and, if you read this blog, you probably know it too.  But until this week, I didn’t realise how consistent introversion is with some of my other traits which I’ve not always been able to make sense of.  I also hadn’t discovered that introversion may not just be a … Continue reading