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Withstanding his wooing

Withstanding his wooing

You are to me the God who destroys.  You destroy with a conviction and a thoroughness quite breathtaking.  I said I wanted you and you took me at my word.  I said I wanted to risk wild grace, that grace which might first kill before it made alive, and you heard my prayer.  And as … Continue reading

Quotidian mystics

Quotidian mystics

What is it to be a contemplative or mystic in today’s world? Something someone said a few weeks back has echoed around my mind ever since and this question is not going away.  Kathleen Norris answers that question this way in The Quotidian Mysteries: …the true mystics of the quotidian are not those who contemplate holiness in … Continue reading

Naming our true identity

Naming our true identity

What if his love for me were my very identity?  Could it be true, an identity which derives from an intimacy with God too blasphemous to claim for ourselves had he not said it first? Last Sunday I preached from a passage which is fast becoming one of my very favourites: John 15.  I had … 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

Writing the fresh wildness

Writing the fresh wildness

All the good stories are out there waiting to be told in a fresh, wild way. Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird. Lamott also says that our ‘anger and damage and grief are the way to the truth’.  I think she might be right to a degree: my best writing is born of thought fuelled by … Continue reading

Becoming a leader

Becoming a leader

There’s so much I could share from the first few chapters of Dunn and Sundene’s Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults and, in time, I will blog in more detail on some of the bigger concepts of adultolescence as well as practices and rhythms for spiritual transformation.  But time is short for writing this post right now … Continue reading

What it really means to be a Christian

What it really means to be a Christian

Listen to Brennan Manning in The Furious Longing of God… How is it then that we’ve come to imagine that Christianity consists primarily in what we do for God?  How has this come to be the good news of Jesus?  Is the kingdom that He proclaimed to be nothing more than a community of men and women … Continue reading

Let me say again…

Let me say again…

This is the third post in a series of four which I wrote a while ago but didn’t want to post at the time.  I’m not in the same place today that I was then; as a result, I’m tempted to edit the writing to soften or finesse it, but I’ve chosen not to! Though … Continue reading

Waiting for him

Waiting for him

This is the second post in a series of four which I wrote a while ago but didn’t want to post at the time.  I’m not in the same place today that I was then; as a result, I’m tempted to edit the writing to soften or finesse it, but I’ve chosen not to! Though … Continue reading

It is well with my soul

It is well with my soul

This is the first post in a series of four which I wrote a while ago but didn’t want to post at the time.  I’m not in the same place today that I was then; as a result, I’m tempted to edit the writing to soften or finesse it, but I’ve chosen not to! Though … Continue reading