The noisy room divided by quiet curtains.

Gentle silence permeated by occasional words that interrupt turning pages.

Retreat into an explored history from the violent invasion of the unexpected present.

A large mass resting on wide support generously offered in love but unable to change the flow towards finality.

How it looms, that finality, like the blow from Ahab’s white whale.

Deep pulls to deep drawing down to the depths.

Yet, Deep calls to Deep, ultimately springing eternal.


Images on my retina

What a while.

Images remain on my retina.

A rush round (the M25) and up (the M1). A dark rainy drive with no lights and lots of glare – four times in one evening.  Meals reduced to ten minutes.  Texts, calls, messages, emails, pictures, a maze-like walk (10,000 paces in four hours), parking and paying, parking and paying…

All for love.


A song sent…

“You and I’ve got history,

We go way way back…”  

And His Peace, that we don’t understand, flows through my body and soul from the gateway of my spirit.

And so, together, we make more history…

In the middle

Roger Haydon Mitchell's Blog

We all have a context and a background, a worldview, social construct, call it what you will. The important thing is to recognise it but not be bound by it, let alone be dogmatic about it. I rather like theologian Graham Ward’s standpoint theology approach where we recognise where we started and where we are now but keep open to the impact of others and their standpoints. Exercising prophetic sight from the context of this kind of open standpoint is costly but crucial. So I am everlastingly grateful to my partner Sue Mitchell for continuing to pursue such sight. I for one need it, and in its light will be ready to start once again blogging more resources for kenarchy practitioners and love-activists generally. Thanks to those who continue to visit this site and peruse the material whether I’m blogging regularly or not. It’s certainly encouraging to me. So here’s…

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Clarifying our thinking and understanding on these issues is important because it forms a bedrock for our belief systems.

In this blog by Freedom Arc, you’ll find your belief system and what you’ve accepted from others challenged by an outworking of revelation rather than intellectual-only-led assumptions. You’ll be encouraged to think through the deeper meanings of biblical words and ideas and how that has shaped you.

Father is calling us once again to understand and interpret biblical truths by His Spirit, hold our own intellects lightly and seek Him for revelation and application as we mature.

Initially, we may not think we agree with some of these thoughts but Holy Spirit will challenge us to get deeper revelation for ourselves… This is part of growing up into the fullness of our Sonship.

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons
and Jeremy Westcott

It is factually inaccurate to claim that Jesus spoke more about hell than about any other single subject. He did not. The whole Bible is completely silent about ‘hell’. For the first five centuries, few Christians held a doctrine of eternal torment either for the wicked or for unbelievers. But over time, pagan myths about the afterlife were repackaged and passed off as Christian.

We looked briefly last time at the four Bible words traditionally translated ‘hell’. In this post we will go into them in more detail. Let’s be prepared for the Spirit to reveal the truth to us and not get stuck in tradition.

Sheol (Hebrew)

Strong’s Concordance says:

Sheol (H7585) she’ôl From H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates: – grave, pit, hell.

All good, right up to the last word:…

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235. New Order Ekklesia

A brilliant outline explaining what God is doing in these days…

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott

The blueprint that has come from heaven

But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved (Matt 9:16-17).

In Jesus’ time and culture the old wineskins were not just thrown away but were renewed, restored and reconditioned to make them suitable to hold the new wine. They had invested a lot into those wineskins. God has invested a lot into the wineskin of church (ekklesia), and He is not just throwing it out.

I hear a lot of people talking about a new wineskin which is not the ekklesia. I do not accept…

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Where Can I Hide?

Beautifully honest and uplifting…

Charis: Subject to Change

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Have you heard the expression, “I was so embarrassed I could have crawled into a hole?”

I learned to hide when I was a child. I didn’t play hide-and-go-seek. My game was just called hide. Some kids hide to avoid punishment. I hid to avoid the look of disappointment on adults’ faces. Whether it was true or not, I felt I could never measure up, that I was not good enough, or pretty enough, or smart enough, or talented enough, or hard-working enough.

I hid so well that a science teacher once insisted I was not in his class when my parents went to a meeting to check on my progress. I was in his class. Second row from the window. Fourth seat. I’d been there all year. I was hiding in plain sight. I just knew how not to attract attention. I felt weak in the subjects of…

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