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Friend, yes.  And slave, yes.

Friend, yes. And slave, yes.

He called me friend, that Man.  He called me friend and I thought I knew. No longer slave, for I know what the Master is doing.  Friend, because all that he has heard from the Father is now made known to me.  He holds nothing back, itself a mystery beyond fathom. I am friend, his … Continue reading

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

A blade of grass

A blade of grass

What if I were just a blade of grass? Humour me here. What if I were just a blade of grass rising out from the soil and all I had to do was bask in the sunshine?  What if, as Murray says over and over in Waiting on God, this were what it is to wait on God, … Continue reading

Too busy to love, too busy to bless

Too busy to love, too busy to bless

Alice Shirey talks this month in Leadership about being too busy to love and to bless: I recently read a quote from Kasim Reed, the young mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. He said “Atlanta has long been known as the city that is too busy to hate .… we must also be the city not too busy … Continue reading

Falling out of love with the church

Falling out of love with the church

You don’t have to have followed this blog for long to know that I have struggled with leadership this year. Really struggled. And I can’t say that I was sad to take a few Sundays off from church over the summer.  I wasn’t sad not to have to organise the nitty-gritty of making Sundays happen. … 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

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

His song is with me

This morning, I woke up with a sense that God had drawn near to me while I was still asleep.  The Psalms describe this, in fact.  Listen to this from Psalm 42:8… By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life. … Continue reading

Hey fam!

Today I said ‘I love you’ to two people who were neither my husband nor my family. Now, just to clear up any confusion, I did also tell my husband this morning that I love him!  But right now my focus is on those other two. You see, I am not given to affectation.  I … Continue reading

I am the one Jesus loves

I have loved the simplicity of these words from Brennan Manning in Abba’s Child this week: I believe that the night in the Upper Room was the defining moment of John’s life.  Some sixty years after Christ’s resurrection, the apostle – like an old gold miner panning the stream of his memories – recalled all … Continue reading