Tagged with Prophet

Words which needle

Words which needle

The words needle me towards a response.*  They draw me gently out of my silence.  And the longing to write intensifies. But so does the silence. …the pain that comes from one’s identity, that grows out of the response to a call, can’t be escaped or pushed aside… Yet once more my words and my silence battle it out, each … Continue reading

Naming for reframing

Naming for reframing

Naming reality and then reframing it. I’ve done a lot of that again this week.  In conversation after unplanned conversation.  And as I’ve done so, I’ve heard that whisper which might be God’s.  A tendril of thought, drawing my attention to what it is that I do and to how others respond. In the midst … Continue reading

Done with obscurity

Done with obscurity

Elijah was done with obscurity.  He’d paid his dues.  Years in the silent rockiness of Gilead.  Faithfully praying.  Learning what it meant to stand before the LORD the God of Israel. Yes, Elijah was done with obscurity, for now he had stood before the king.  He had made that fateful declaration, the one he had … Continue reading

Choosing a passive role

Choosing a passive role

I really have enjoyed reading Herrick and Mann’s Jesus Wept.  It is another of those books which seems to have leapfrogged the others in the reading pile.  That’s perhaps because of its thoughtfulness – well, that and the fact that it is easier to read than the academic books! Here is another excerpt: The role of … Continue reading

Leading as prophet

Leading as prophet

At the moment, I’m reflecting on Roxburgh’s metaphors for the kind of leadership needed in the church of today.  You can read more about them in The Sky is Falling and various of his other books.  It’s been inspiring me to think a little about the kind of leader I want to be; at the … Continue reading