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Abundant his goodness

Abundant his goodness

Can’t go forward.  Can’t go back.  Yet, even in the in-between, abundant his goodness. Not, in certain contexts, that it feels that way, of course.  A lot is in flux in my life and, as ever, it’s not appropriate to share it because…well, because honour.  Honouring others means not necessarily living all of it out loud, the … Continue reading

Coming full circle

Coming full circle

Honesty comes, eventually, as a relief.  I’ve been waiting to write this post for months now.  Years even, perhaps, it has been in the making.  Though when God first whispers it seven years ago, you don’t listen that hard. You hear him.  But you second-guess yourself.  And you assume you heard wrong. Yet it turns out that … Continue reading

Six things

Six things

I had an ambitious sabbatical list.  Only six things on it but they were six BIG things! The thing is, God has more than given me what I asked for.  Not, of course, that it was looking good even three weeks ago!  God is like that with me.  He keeps me waiting, the girl who … Continue reading

Grist for the mill

Grist for the mill

So much of writing is about sitting down and doing it every day, and so much of it is about getting into the custom of taking in everything that comes along, seeing it all as grist for the mill. These words from Anne Lamott are as insightful as ever!  They pretty much describe my life … Continue reading

Cult prostitute pastor

Cult prostitute pastor

If the ministry is reduced to being primarily a helping profession then those who take up that office cannot help being destroyed if they have any integrity.  For they will find themselves frustrated by a people not trained on the narrative of God’s salvation, not trained to want the right things rightly, but rather a … Continue reading

Leading as a professional

Leading as a professional

Brothers and sisters, we are not professionals.  So says Piper.* But we are. Or, at least, I am.  I am a professional.  After an idyllic three years at the ‘right’ university I walked into a job with a top three City law firm.  And there began my professional training.  I became a professional.  In ways … Continue reading

Iterative writing

Iterative writing

Almost all good writing starts with terrible first efforts.  You need to start somewhere.  Start by getting something – anything – down on paper.  A friend of mine says that the first draft is the down draft – you just get it down.  The second draft is the up draft – you fix it up. … Continue reading

Blog redesign and update

Blog redesign and update

Redesigning the look and feel of The Art of Steering was fun today!  Long overdue, it has been something I wanted to try for ages.  I’m pretty pleased with the result (it’s all still free software!) but it’d be great to hear what you think too… Well, August is nearly done and I’m about to throw … Continue reading

Recycling words

Recycling words

I got a bit excited when this journal came through the post at the weekend.  It seems that my Masters essays can be recycled to good effect!  Shame about the random capital in presbuteroi though; it wasn’t there on the draft I proofed.    I was also a bit overwhelmed, on a rereading of the proofs, … Continue reading

Reading highlight of the week

Reading highlight of the week

I’ve done quite a lot of reading and writing this week.  Some of you are already thinking that this is hardly worthy of comment given my usual reading rate!  But, what with that and not expecting to have time to blog tomorrow now that I can finally spend some time with Peter (who made it … Continue reading