Tagged with Academic

Not gone, just moved

Not gone, just moved

This week in the classroom, I was not facilitator but participant.  Sitting with a group of my Pastoral Leaders, as I call them.  Women and men interested in leadership, whether for the sake of ministry in the church or, beyond, in the marketplace.  For five or six double sessions each year, I hand the classroom … 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

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

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

One year is never enough

One year is never enough

Last Friday was a good day for my book problem: I finished another!  I’ve blogged a fair bit about Jesus Wept and this is the last post I plan to write on the thoughts in this provocative book.  Listen to this quotation which the authors of Jesus Wept take from Nouwen’s In The Name of Jesus: Formation in the … Continue reading

Zero discipline and quantum physics

Zero discipline and quantum physics

I am possibly one of the more disciplined people I know.  In fact, some of my friends seem to think I run my life on six-minute slots* after my lawyer days where one of those six-minute slots would set you back twenty quid or so.  (I feel obliged always at this point to clarify that … Continue reading

Counter-cultural community

Counter-cultural community

As I contemplate the trajectory of culture, my heart feels heavy.  I don’t know whether that should ever be the case, given the God whom we serve, but I feel weighed down by the sheer size of the task.  Our vision at LifeGiving to become an outward-reaching community of disciples is perhaps more counter-cultural than … Continue reading

The wrong yoke

The wrong yoke

God spoke to me quite powerfully recently.  In the college chapel of all places.  I say of all places because it’s not the place you’d choose really to have one of those charismatic meltdown moments, those moments where one minute you’re minding your own business and then the next God comes in unexpectedly, reducing you … Continue reading