The Bible is peppered with suggestions that strength is found in weakness. On the face it sounds counter-intuitive but realign how you consider such a phrase and the truth is unveiled. The trouble is that identifying and addressing weaknesses so that they can become strengths can be a painful experience. Continue reading
I started work on Monday with the security of a ‘permanent’ contract (there is no such thing as a truly permanent contract of course). There were important deadlines to meet but they all seemed achievable. For the first time in a while work was not going to be causing me any stress. It was just as well for it came thick and fast from the ordination path. Continue reading
Leaving things to the last minute can be stressful. It means that there isn’t time to correct mistakes or to make other arrangements. Such circumstances can force you to put your trust in others. Continue reading
When is a good time to tell your employer that you are exploring ordination and might quit the job? A good time would be well away from any contract renewal discussions. Just after a job contract is renewed might be okay, although the employer might not be so pleased. How about at the meeting with your boss to discuss the possibility of renewing your contract? Now that would be stupid. Continue reading
After an intense period of writing over Christmas (see my last three posts at the bottom of this post) I had a momentary break from thinking and writing. It had been a fruitful period and God had helped me make some great progress in finding out who I was and might become. Continue reading
It is no wonder that stress levels and tempers rise just at the time of year we are preparing to celebrate the greatest birthday that has ever happened. The period of Advent comes some time after many people have had a holiday. Months of working, schooling, and household chores without a break takes its toll on us all eventually. Hopefully by stopping to think about and prepare for Christmas will result in us not loosing site of what the big day is all about. Continue reading
With my wife away last week I had little time for my theology books. The children needed to be fed, clothes and dishes needed to be washed, bedtime stories needed to be read. It all took my mind off the fact that the DDO was coming to my house at the weekend.
She was coming to see my wife more than me, her involvement and support being crucial to my potential ordination. It was to be an opportunity for my wife to ask her questions, though in our minds we had built it into being an opportunity for the DDO to ‘discern’ our potential ordination as a couple and a family. Continue reading
The leaves lying pulped on the roads to my son’s school serve as a warning sign that I need to drive more carefully at the moment. God decided to send me two warning signs to make sure I am equally careful on the journey ahead.
Trying to fit in reading the Northumbria Community’s Daily Office liturgy and scripture into my daily life, as suggested by the DDO, has been a challenge this week. A challenge I haven’t succeed at. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised. It’s been like trying to break a habit. Continue reading
There is one element of my exploration of ordination that I have been slightly uncomfortable about from the start, if this was God’s will why had He seemingly not spoken through other people about it?
It has felt like everyone else I have met, or heard about, that is exploring ordination has had people going up to them passing on messages from God. They might not know it but they have a gift of leadership, of preaching, healing, praying or something else that God wants them to be using. God has told them that they should be ordained. Continue reading
Have you ever found that the more you look into something the more you realise you don’t know? Exploring ordination has made me realise just how much I don’t know, or understand, about the Christian faith.
I met with the DDO for the second time last week. It was quite unlike our first meeting, which was a fairly light hearted chat about my life, my route to faith and to exploring ordination. Having said that, the DDO did throw a curve ball at that meeting though, about possibly having to move my family in order to train (see Ordination at any cost?). I should have taken it as a sign that our conversations wouldn’t always been easy. Continue reading