Discernment and Decision making


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View lying prostrate before the cross at Kingsfold retreat

The weekend silent directed retreat gave me some startling insight. I went into it with some questions I hoped to pray through, mainly personal life direction and growth questions. Very very quickly, in and after the first guided prayer time that is part of the weekend, those question got set aside and I got a very strong sense of a need to abide with God and let God abide in and with me, and those future things would sort themselves out. Matt 6:25 and following, along with John 15:5 and following became both my answer and my discerned new theme, which I refer to in the shorthand phrase “to abide is to be guided.” The starting questions faded far into the background, and appropriately so. Today I am much more relaxed and comfortable with them resloving well so long as I maintain relationship with God.

But the outcome and experience is not what I wanted to focus on this week for the blog, not the substance of that, anyway, but the change of direction that happened. I firmly believe surprise turns like that are what discernment is all about. Or having space for them in our life. My post for this week is about discernment, what it means in a church leadership setting, and a bit about what it feels like.

Here’s the post: http://wp.me/P3etrg-fd

On Tyranny and Democracy and Leadership in the Church

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Here is this week’s reflection: http://wp.me/P3etrg-5v

For a printable version, follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n6j0xsa0dygj0uu/Tyranny%20and%20Democracy%20and%20Church%20Leadership.pdf

To hear Pastor Pete reading this reflection, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2829l8anueyludd/Audio%20recording%20of%20blog%20post%20on%20Tyranny%20Democracy%20and%20Church%20Leadership.wma

The Church is not a Democracy

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In this week’s blog post I’ve reworked a post I wrote over a year ago. I see it as becoming relevant here in Nobleford, so I thought I’d share it now.  I see the idea of ‘one voice one vote’ or ‘one dollar one vote’ and of ‘populist thinking’ creeping more steadily into the church and am alarmed at it as a departure from classic Reformed and Christian faith and practice.

I believe that for churches to build health and to stay healthy it is important to keep perspective on this.

Here is the posting on the blog: http://wp.me/P3etrg-5A

For a printable edition click this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mtaypfx23dpjjz5/The%20Church%20is%20not%20a%20Democracy.pdf