Whilst I was digging around in some church history today, I came across this nugget of Eusebian observation: "As the third century drew to a close, the tensions within the church were becoming more explosive. Eusebius looking back on the situation as he had seen it as a young man could write, 'But when as... Continue Reading →
It’s a Mystery!
A few years ago I was actually on a mission trip (somewhere in the Middle East), with actual third year ministers-in-training. I walked in to the coffee room and joined a conversation about the Trinity. It was all very exciting. No sooner had I sat down and reached for a biscuit, when I heard that... Continue Reading →
Listen to your life
"If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than... Continue Reading →
The apocalyptic imagination Eugene Peterson talks of gives us a sense of 'deep time' - a sense of 'ages' that transcends the compulsion of time-management experts. But the working environment of pastors erodes patience and rewards impatience. People are uncomfortable with mystery (God) and mess (themselves). They avoid both mystery and mess by devising programs... Continue Reading →