Karen Bradley, Northern Ireland and lessons for the church

The Northern Ireland Secretary – Karen Bradley – has managed to make comments in her highly diplomatically sensitive role that make the whole handling of

The cardinal sin of the pastor’s wife (apparently)

I was chatting with a pastor’s wife some time ago who told me about having committed the cardinal sin of pastor’s wives. She admitted –

What can the church learn from the seven MP split from Labour?

Once again it is hard times in the Labour Party. In scenes reminiscent of the early 80s, when the Gang of Four broke away to

Guest post: FIEC Pastor’s network day (Manchester)

On Thurday, I attended the Manchester FIEC Pastor’s Network Day with my friend, Andy Smith. Andy is in the process of affiliating his church to FIEC and I thought it would be interesting, given this was his first time at one of these events, to get his perspective on how he found things. This is what he wrote: Our church is in the process of joining the FIEC so I attended the regional networking day for FIEC pastors in Manchester. At this

Prove your worth by leading as though you aren’t needed

I’ve never particularly needed to feel valued or validated by compliments. To be honest, I don’t really know what to do with compliments. I was

A polity to avoid like the plague

I have been writing a lot about ecclesiology and polity lately. I didn’t intend to but one post became another and so it goes on.

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