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The Unbearable Heaviness of Ministry (with apologies to Milan Kundera)

I’ve just started a year working for my church as an apprentice with our student team. After 10 days of ‘full-time ministry’ (terrible phrase, but I can’t call it the marginally better ‘paid Christian work’, because I’m not being paid!) I … Continue reading

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Bring on the feminist tub-thumping

I generally consider myself pretty laid back on the whole Christian ‘gender issue’. There was a time when I really wrestled with the ‘difficult bits’ in Paul’s letters. If God wants the whole of my sex to be silent in … Continue reading

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That He should pity us…

As then we lay under the eye of Christ in our misery, we were the objects of His pity and compassion; but as He looks on us as recoverable out of that state, His love works in and by delight. … Continue reading

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Honest to God II

On yesterday’s theme: I recently stumbled across this quote on marriage (from Mike Mason’s The Mystery of Marriage, but quoted elsewhere. I’m not cool enough – or married enough – to have read Mike Mason’s book): marriage is a relationship far … Continue reading

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Honest to God

I don’t often live whole-heartedly before the eyes of the world. I don’t think my heart is much desired, so I keep it tucked away inside and give the world what it seems to want instead: my services, my skills, … Continue reading

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A marriage proposal fit for eternity…

Another awesome nugget from Tim Chester’s The Ordinary Hero is the story of Adoniram Judson’s marriage proposal: “I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this … Continue reading

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Learning to be a jar of clay

I’m a perfectionist, from a long line of perfectionists. It’s one of my family’s inter-generational sins. Normally I manage to keep it relatively under wraps, but every so often  (often when I have to do something I haven’t done before, … Continue reading

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