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“In any creative enterprise there are risks, mistakes, false-starts, failures, frustrations, embarrassments, but out of this mess – when we stay with it for long enough, there slowly emerges love or beauty or peace.” Eugene Peterson 1 The salutary warning, from The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr. 2 A dream bucket-list of bookshops to visit, perhaps….just […]

where to find our real selves

We are warmed by fire, not by the smoke of the fire. We are carried over the sea by a ship, not by the wake of a ship. So too, what we are is to be sought in the invisble depths of our own being, not in our outward reflection in our own acts. We […]

to a younger self….

‘notes to self’ always interest me! I never cease to be helped and challenged by this mode of writing. Mark Driscoll hosted a conversation with John Piper about what he’d advise in pastoral ministry. Here is some of the advice he offered:- I would quote: “Don’t question in the dark what God showed you in the […]

please….

Deliver me… from what they want me to be. Deliver me… from what they expect me to be. Deliver me… from the script written in my head. Deliver me… from the people-pleaser inside me. Deliver me… from the weaknesses inside of me. Deliver me… from the fear of expressing me. Deliver me… from the fear […]

go on….

…leave the world…. “When John says, ‘Leave the world,’ he does not mean the world with its desperate needs that cry out to be served. He means the self-centered projects, programs, demands—rationalized, justified and even glorified—of security, pleasure, esteem and power, which hinder our growing up into full human personhood.”  Thomas Keating ….choose better, ..choose […]

leadership courage

leadership beyond narcissism and self-preservation, is often rare to see……..horrible, but true! I’m often challenged about what is the real, albeit concealed, motivation in Christian leadership…… hence in the redelineation of diocesian boundaries, this leadership rationale is humbling to hear, as Bishop Nick Baines paints it this way:- “The church does not owe me a living and it […]

Foster & submission….

Reading Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline this morning and concerning the discipline of submission, I came across this brilliant passage again:- Forgive me for quoting the whole thing, but the brilliance of it can’t be undersold… “Self-denial is not the same thing as self-contempt. Self-contempt claims that we have no worth, and even if we […]

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