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Beyond ’empty vessel’ … to a whole person

What if, rather than sitting on a throne demanding all of our attention, God were actually watching us, delighting in our little, every day actions…

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Beyond patriarchy … to equality

“Patriarchy has not only been left unchecked, it has been welcomed in, fed, given the run of the house and sent out into the world stronger than before. “

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Beyond control … Towards trust: Part 2

“Fear leads to control, but love trusts people with their choices.”

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Beyond grace … Towards love

“‘I love you despite what you deserve’ is not love…”

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Beyond Certainty… Towards Faith and Doubt

“It was the start of my learning to trust that inner voice, guiding my footsteps into places that my church said I shouldn’t go.”

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Beyond Evangelicalism

“To the outsider this may sound bizarre, but to me, it’s the culture I grew up in, and its language of being ‘saved’ and ‘forgiven’ have been as homely to me as hot buttered toast in the morning…”

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Teaching, driving, and other challenges…

I think I was about 7 or 8 when I came to the realisation that I was clever, and by the time I was 10, this was the most important thing about me – being Clever was what made me stand out; it was what made me important. In the survival-of-the-fittest climate that dominated inner-city […]

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Yes Lord, I will go there

Yes Lord, I will go there But only if you go there with me into the unknown places in me Only if the time is right Yes Lord, I will go there.   Where terror wraps me up in night Or anger makes me flinch and hide I will go there though I fight Yes […]

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Lessons from Year 2: Love

Year 2 is mad. School is mad. From where I’m standing, at the end of an exhilarating, terrifying, growth-enforcing year, I can only say that my NQT year has been one of the hardest and most exciting of my life. Two years ago I wrote my ‘lessons from the nursery’, focussing on love, personalities, boundaries, […]

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Week 2: thoughts on transition…

So this weekend I spent every moment I was alone crying in fear and repeatedly refusing to go to bed because I didn’t want Monday to come. Here’s the question: Why? Some thoughts… “My servant Moses is dead.  Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving […]