Category Archives: Preaching

Pastors in competition

competition and “the powers” Marva Dawn writes in Powers, Weakness and the Tabernacling of God that the “sporting impulse” of competition prevails over the gospel impulse of justice among most believers (“Powers, Weakness, etc p41). She continues to ask, “Why … Continue reading

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   Bonhoeffer and leadersip……

Bonhoeffer’s critique of leadership On the weekend I’ll be presenting a paper at a colloquium on interfaith persepectives on leadership. My paper (representing the Protestant tradition) is on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theological critique of leadership in Life Together. Here’s an excerpt from the conclusion: … Continue reading

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Preaching as a sacrament.

I was supposed to do a bit of travelling today, but the recent fall of snow has put a stop to the idea. So, instead I have settled down to continue my longterm theological project of reading Karl Barth’s Church … Continue reading

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Inspired by love and anger

Inspired by love and anger, disturbed by need and pain, informed of God’s own bias we ask him once again: “How long must some folk suffer? How long can few folk mind? How long dare vain self interest turn prayer … Continue reading

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Reading for the year 2013

For the last couple of years I have used a website http://www.goodreads.com as a means of keeping track of what I read and what others who I am linked to read. It has been really worthwhile as a tool to … Continue reading

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Following an Itinerant Messiah

I follow quite a few blogs, and I like to post some across to mine as I quite often find they write things that express many of my own thoughts…. but they do it so much better! Here is one … Continue reading

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When sin becomes the bad selling point….

We have at last managed to get a couple of Barbara Brown Taylor based on a recommendation…. In her ‘Speaking of Sin’ it says this on Page 29: ‘Once upon a time, an Eskimo hunter went to see the local … Continue reading

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