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Losing heart

Losing heart

We have this ministry and so we do not lose heart. We are the glory-carriers.  The ones whose eyes have been opened.  Who have seen the light which shines out of darkness.  We have seen the glory of God in the face of Christ.  And, beholding that glory, we are transformed from one degree of glory … Continue reading

Better than my mind

Better than my mind

Listen to John Ortberg’s words from this article about Dallas Willard after he died last week: Dallas had a remarkable mind… But his life and his heart were better than his mind. Wow. I pray that I will live in such a way that one day the same might be said about me: that my life and … Continue reading

Inexorable enlargement

Inexorable enlargement

We all know people who spend a lifetime at the same job, or the same marriage, or the same profession, who are slowly, inexorably diminished in the process.  They are persistent in the sense that they keep doing the same thing for many years, but we don’t particularly admire them for it.  If anything we … Continue reading

Because I am writing, not reading

Because I am writing, not reading

Because all I seem to do right now is write, I am not reading. Or, to be more accurate, I am reading all kinds of things.  Things about feminist hermeneutics, liberation readings of Scripture, backgrounds to Torah and approaches to Wisdom.  Things which are interwoven yet further with texts about food, hospitality and community and … Continue reading

This is what we live for

This is what we live for

I’m going to go on the record here.  I like reading John Piper.  Not all the time nor do I agree with him all the time.  But I am not one of those who vilifies his very name, as I have heard others do – particularly women who don’t like his complementarian stance. I happen … Continue reading

Running with the horses

Running with the horses

Somehow November was a long month of recovering from too much output earlier in the autumn.  Rather than writing new things and preaching lots of sermons, I’ve spent most of my time editing words, preparing Greek classes (for which read: re-educating myself about the intricacies of the grammar!) and also finishing books which had been … Continue reading

Even in the nooks and crannies

Even in the nooks and crannies

Here’s another little excerpt from Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults by Dunn and Sundene: Acting with the mind, heart and will of Christ in the small nooks and crannies of our days will be in tension with the path of least resistance our flesh wants to take. Hmm, yes!

When you know you won’t walk away

Maybe it’s a girl thing.  Wanting to throw a little tantrum, I mean.  Wanting to give God a deadline to sort it out.  Wanting to force his hand.  Wanting to tell him that if he didn’t sort it out within seven days, then I would stop fighting this one and stop believing the promise. But … Continue reading

The smaller moments

Let us consider names like [    ] or [   ] or [    ].  The cost for their caprices was lost empires.  I never knew any of this famous trio of lost reputations, but I have known many others who could not keep safe the smaller moments of their lives.  Reputation is not a … Continue reading

Life in the moment

Well, it seems that the preach I inflicted on a congregation in the college chapel service this week went quite well in the end.  I did spend the two hours before I preached in a bit of a fog, wandering round college too many times rather aimlessly as I tried to kill the time!  At … Continue reading