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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

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

Rhythms for the art of steering

Rhythms for the art of steering

I’ve had an increasing longing for stillness and solitude lately.  Well, that’s how my coach prefers me to describe it.  My exact words were more along the lines of longing to act like a hermit that doesn’t talk and just doesn’t do people. I suppose I can see how his turn of phrase is a … Continue reading

New things in the text?

New things in the text?

This leads us to this rule-of-thumb concerning preaching: the preacher dare not open his mouth before he has found something in his text which he has never seen before. Firet, Dynamics in Pastoring. I thought this was an interesting idea when I read it recently.  One part of me wants to agree.  That’s the part of … Continue reading

Setting the leadership goalposts

Setting the leadership goalposts

I’ve read quite literally hundreds of books on church and leadership.  You’d think I’d be an expert by now really.  Writing my own bestseller on being a highly successful, purpose-driven, courageous, creative church leader. Though maybe I’d better stop borrowing other people’s book titles! Yet after seven years of doing this church leadership thing and … Continue reading

When vocation is simpler than we knew

When vocation is simpler than we knew

I need to do some thinking about Christian vocation sooner rather than later because it’s going to come up in my teaching responsibilities this year.  Teaching, I find, is a great way of forcing one’s own learning!  So is writing.  In writing or teaching, I am forced to clarify my thinking, to read widely with specific … Continue reading