Standing on the shoulders of those gone before

Responding to prompts to begin writing down my memoirs, I’ve begun to gather the scattered anecdotes of my forebears’ pedigrees. After all, I carry something of their influence and makeup in my very bones. As I rummage through boxes of diagrams, letters, photos and reference works, what I have been discovering is a theme thatContinue reading “Standing on the shoulders of those gone before”

Discovering old journals

Packing to move house is like an archaeological dig. Every now and again as you negotiate the “toss” and “keep” piles of stuff, you come across something that says “pause”. Today I discovered a journal I began to keep when I was considering acceptance of the call to train for ministry. It nearly went onContinue reading “Discovering old journals”

That strange in between time when Epiphany bursts forth

Some call it the silly season. Its those first few weeks of a southern hemisphere January. The office is quiet. I’m at work making use of the downtime from the regular weekly program to engage in some tidying up and planning for what must take place in my final six months here – and beyond. There isContinue reading “That strange in between time when Epiphany bursts forth”

… increased in human favour..

continuing transition to retirement Seeking human favour always carried amber warning lights in my ministerial formation. We’ve seen too many examples of fall from grace in the political arena – and church leadership ain’t far from politics! Yet Luke’s gospel speaks approvingly of Jesus increasing in human favour. As an Enneagram Six, I am naturallyContinue reading “… increased in human favour..”

… increased in favour with God…

… continuing transition into retirement thoughts … Everyone thinks clergy have some secret hotline to God. How does a retiring one increase a state that is already deemed to be “perfect?”   Let’s lay that myth to rest. To borrow from D T Niles’ aphorism, I have always seen ministry as “one poor beggar sharing with another whereContinue reading “… increased in favour with God…”

… increased in stature…

… continuing transition into retirement thoughts … Stature – now there’s a giggle. The transition has been lifelong – from the skinny, gawky unco-ordinated youth to what I overheard someone describing as that “round little man.”  It seems my stature increase has been outward in all the wrong places rather than upward. Daily moderate exerciseContinue reading “… increased in stature…”

…increased in wisdom…

… continuing thoughts on transition from full-time work to retirement. Even as I downsize the library I have collected and maintained over several decades of ministry, I contemplate how I will maintain an inquisitive and searching mind that is keen, not only to store information, but apply an accumulation of knowledge and experience in that uniqueContinue reading “…increased in wisdom…”

2018 – a time of transition begins

  Yes, this is the year that will see me cease earning and have Jenny and I living off savings for the rest of our natural life.   My life as an earner began as a skinny bespectacled 13 year old selling iced finger buns door to door in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. I would arise earlyContinue reading “2018 – a time of transition begins”

Craft for a Dry Lake by Kim Mahood

Part of my summer reading is an autobiography that weaves the theme of attachment to land by settler and Aborigine alike. The death of the author’s father prompts a personal pilgrimage to the remote station lands of her childhood. Her connection to the land is marked by ambiguity – it is a wrestling with identityContinue reading “Craft for a Dry Lake by Kim Mahood”

Where The Sea Takes Us

We first met the author of this book, Kim Huynh, when he was two years old. It was at the Canberra domestic air terminal and Kim’s family had just arrived from a refugee camp – tired, somewhat bewildered, but excited and ready to make a go of things. That’s a whole other story than whatContinue reading “Where The Sea Takes Us”