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Risking wild grace

Risking wild grace

I see a little girl, dwarfed by the gift box which she is carrying.  Barely able to get her arms around enough of it that she will not drop it.  Unable to see round the corners of this trust which she is holding so tightly, and staggering slightly as she embraces its enormity. That little girl is … Continue reading

Wonderings and learnings

Wonderings and learnings

Lately, I’ve been returning to two concepts.  One is what I have decided to call ‘folk Christianity’.  By this I mean the kind of Christian teachings which are widely disseminated on Christian radio stations, certain devotionals which had better remain nameless and more than a few internet videos.  I’m interested in how big an influence … Continue reading

Learning from Superman Baxter

One of the books which I planned to read this Christmas was Andrew Purves’ Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition.  I only managed to read one chapter.  Not the first, of course.  You know me well enough to know that these days I tend to scan a book before I actually start reading it!  And … Continue reading

The creative best

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:4-5 (TM) I’ve just done a … Continue reading

The preciousness of Fridays

I love Fridays.  They are my variation on Sabbath.  They are an ocean of peace in an otherwise fraught week full of tasks and people. Now don’t get me wrong, I love people and I am more of a task person than quite possibly anyone else I know.  People and task are good!  But Fridays … Continue reading

Revelation and rest

I had an amazing day yesterday at a session run by The Father’s House Trust. I went because it was free.  Oh yes, I still have a student mindset! I also went because if anyone is offering ministry where I don’t have to lead worship, lead the service, preach or otherwise look responsible, then I … Continue reading

80:20

I’ve been practising the 80:20 axiom over the last ten days or so.  In particular, I have looked around at those whom I oversee at church (staff and volunteers) to see what the 20% might be in their ministry endeavours for the church.  And then because they usually don’t have capacity to finish off that … Continue reading

Our greatest beauty, our greatest shadow

Today, I admit, was a very pathetic attempt at a day off. I don’t know what is wrong with me.  Well, apart from drivenness, Type A personality and general hurrysickness of course!  I believe passionately in honouring the principle of Sabbath rhythms in my life.  But my practice is so far from my theology. Today … Continue reading

The real work!

Words are the real work of the world – prayer words with God, parable words with men and women. If you haven’t read any Eugene Peterson, get reading him!  This is from ‘The Contemplative Pastor’.  I love his take on the world: this is the kind of pastor I want to be!

Leadership’s price

J. Oswald Sanders in his classic book, ‘Spiritual Leadership’, writes If a Christian is not willing to rise early and work late, to expend greater effort in diligent study and faithful work, that person will not change a generation.  Fatigue is the price of leadership.  Mediocrity is the result of never getting tired.