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Warp for the leadership weft

Warp for the leadership weft

We need to be teaching church leaders about self-care, he said. And part of me was like, well, duh!  Because I thought he was stating the obvious.  And I think that, because of how I have postured my teaching on leadership, my students would have thought the same. Except then I realised that perhaps it wasn’t … Continue reading

The grace to roar

The grace to roar

Silently, silently this gift has come.  And suddenly in the space of two years I find myself with an authority which I would never have believed.  The sowing of my twenties, seed into darkness underground, waiting, waiting, waiting.  And now death into life, barrenness into fruitfulness, silence into words of weightiness. I never sought it, … Continue reading

Authority as Kingdom promise?

Authority as Kingdom promise?

Power and authority fill my thoughts, in part because I struggle with authority. I struggle with authority, even as I accept it as a sociological reality and, I think, a theological one.  I struggle because I affirm the equality of all believers.  And, so, rarely will you catch me talking about authority over.  More often, … Continue reading

Wearing your power well

Wearing your power well

The topic I most dreaded teaching has become one of my favourites.  And, let me say: when the books seem to be few, and mostly in an area of theology into which you rarely venture, that dread is very real.  So, like all good lecturers, I avoided it for my first year of teaching. Maybe … Continue reading

Joyful submission

Joyful submission

I’ve spent a long time in leadership.  But, right now, in my two major contexts I have no leadership position.  Leadership is more than this, of course, as my class now knows well after two weeks of lectures with me.  For leadership is process and person, perhaps even before it is position.  And though I … 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

Navigating by stars?

Navigating by stars?

Not so long ago I was faced with a choice.  An attractive offer, in some senses, I suppose.  And it came with a large side order of encouragement. But I said no. I said no without needing to think.  My brain engaged only concerning how to communicate the why of this no.  How to do … Continue reading

Prison-barred words

Prison-barred words

The words back up.  Piling, one upon the other.  Stacking and toppling, until they are out of order, meaning tangled. Still I keep my mouth closed.  For how do I know that these words are yours and not mine?  These words which burn in my bones, taste like acid in my mouth.  Prophet or cynic?  Speaker … 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