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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

Coming full circle

Coming full circle

Honesty comes, eventually, as a relief.  I’ve been waiting to write this post for months now.  Years even, perhaps, it has been in the making.  Though when God first whispers it seven years ago, you don’t listen that hard. You hear him.  But you second-guess yourself.  And you assume you heard wrong. Yet it turns out that … 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

Time for doing nice things

Time for doing nice things

On Friday, I had a beautiful day here… …and having first drunk coffee at Tyndale House, I took advantage of a lifetime of free parking in central Cambridge before going straight to a pub for lunch.  I then went immediately from there to coffee and cake in a stunning church cafe before going to evensong … Continue reading

In search of radiant spiritual security

In search of radiant spiritual security

I have received a gift.  A gift I had asked for but, nonetheless, a gift. I’d begun to think about it eighteen months ago, when ministry became more painful than it had ever been.  Around about that time I finally accepted what had been staring me in the face for the preceding few years.  My … Continue reading

All toured out

All toured out

Ten days of being on a bus by 8:30 am, 22 hours of travelling thanks to a flight cancellation and being herded about everywhere in a group of 47 have left us quite exhausted.  Just the way to start a new term, right? But the holidays have never felt so long.  Nor so educational!  Jerusalem, … Continue reading

Blog redesign and update

Blog redesign and update

Redesigning the look and feel of The Art of Steering was fun today!  Long overdue, it has been something I wanted to try for ages.  I’m pretty pleased with the result (it’s all still free software!) but it’d be great to hear what you think too… Well, August is nearly done and I’m about to throw … Continue reading

CAP Canada

CAP Canada

I’ve had an e-mail from Christians Against Poverty this morning saying that they are launching in Canada!  This is probably my favourite of all the charities we support! So, if you are currently based in Canada or if you know someone who is, could I ask you to think how you or your church might … Continue reading

The (more or less) half-year review post

The (more or less) half-year review post

I find it helpful to take time out over the summer to review my year so far in the light of the recalibration I always try to make space for during each New Year period.  Perhaps this half-year review is the throwback to days when my years ran from September to August; perhaps it is … Continue reading

Recycling words

Recycling words

I got a bit excited when this journal came through the post at the weekend.  It seems that my Masters essays can be recycled to good effect!  Shame about the random capital in presbuteroi though; it wasn’t there on the draft I proofed.    I was also a bit overwhelmed, on a rereading of the proofs, … Continue reading