There is so much change in life at present, it’s hard to compute or even keep up. The sense of conscious incompetence is almost overwhelming. It’s tiring! Trying to hold onto the timeless, changeless stability of God, whilst looking for glimpses of him at work in the newness is interesting! Some of Walter Brueggemann’s poems […]Read Full Blog Post
What does it mean to be God’s people?
YEsterday a lot of trainee Baptist ministers came to visit the Upper Room from a residential week where they were focusing on pioneering and new forms of church. We talked about what the scripture says about being God’s people and how what we know we are doing represents God and his priorities, what are the […]Read Full Blog Post
This article below was originally posted on Threads, a site for blogs and conversation on church and mission run by the Evangelical Alliance. It was pulled – as Liz Clutterbuck explains here http://www.lizclutterbuck.com/2015/08/discussing-the-sinking-ship but I think it is important so I’ve posted it in full below. If you are involved in or interested in the […]Read Full Blog Post
http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/blog/bishop-of-sheffield/nine-lessons-for-a-mixed-economy-church The above article is a great summary of Anglican theology of mission. Very helpful. We would perhaps like to see the loosening of structures be more widespread and uniformly understood to be necessary for sure, but we are blessed that these things are taking place within the Diocese of Gloucester and here in Cirencester. […]Read Full Blog Post
The Kingdom and the city
Of late I’ve noticed again what I call “the march of the misfits” – people being drawn into the church from a long way off, who are beaten up and hurt by life, and whom God starts to restore and send out to do his work of restoration with others who are far off. I […]Read Full Blog Post
I’m off in a minute to my pre-ordination retreat. Hilarious really, as its always been the thing I have entirely ruled out and didn’t believe in. But here I am. This is the kind of thing that can happen when you make one of those mad promises to God – “Here I am, send me”, […]Read Full Blog Post
Let me out!
For the last 12 months, I’ve been reading and writing for a dissertation, along with spending an amount of time in church and theological college settings preparing for ordination. I have contracted cabin fever and was becoming desperately concerned that I’d forgotten how to connect with people, and that by the time I’m allowed back […]Read Full Blog Post
As I’m up to my neck in theology books and writing for a dissertation, I’ve gone off reading much devotionally at present. But I’ve discovered that poetry is able to move and inspire me repeatedly and so have been looking for more. I came across this by Padraig O Tuama and it’s probably the best […]Read Full Blog Post
How Did I get Here?
In response to a question asked by Spring Coaching on Twitter recently: How did I get here? Well, that’s a long story really my dear, And if I was starting again I wouldn’t come from here! But that’s the way it was for me back then, A long and lost ramble, swathed in fear. Lots […]Read Full Blog Post
Rough winds. Disturbing, disturbed. Earth cries out, Creation groans. Seek alternatives, Shake the status quo. Injustice, Austerity, Power to the powerful; The powerless unheard. We live in this reality. We need to know your hope. Nurture us to hopefulness. We must experience your love in rough winds to bring Seeds, flowers and flourishing, fresh, fruitful […]Read Full Blog Post