Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Past has a vote but not power of veto

HOW democratic is our faith? Have you noticed a curious issue facing people of faith over the Brexit issue? Whether you are for or ...

 

Poor little lambs who lost their way

THIS coming Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Eastertide, is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” because that is the main theme of the biblical ...

 

Walking promotes sense of wellbeing

ARE you feeling weary? In need of refreshment? A recent scientific study has suggested that sending employees on a pilgrimage-style ...

 

We’re not as great as we think we are

WHEN Thomas Hardy was so famous that any newspaper would gladly have paid enormous sums for his work, he would sometimes submit a poem,...

 

Jesus shows there’s hope after disaster

THIS week, the world looked on in horror as Notre Dame Cathedral, icon of Paris and a building that has stood for more than 800 years, ...

 

Resources exist for totalitarian control

ARE we moving towards a dystopian society? Aldous Huxley thought so in his 1932 novel Brave New World and so did George Orwell in his ...

 

Don’t worry, we’re all valued by God

I HAVE been captured by goldfinches nesting in conifer trees quite close to my kitchen window. These small birds have the most ...

 

Open the door and let light of Jesus in

I READ recently a reflection that was about the front door of a house. The author likened our homes and the security and safety they ...

 

Giving and giving up, the grace of Lent

LAST Wednesday you might have noticed a few people with a big black smudge on their forehead. It was Ash Wednesday and I tend to be a ...

 

God’s forgiving love is for all of us

MANY of us will have been following the case of Shamima Begum and whether she should be allowed to return to the UK. We will each make ...

 

I trust in people as most are decent

YOU might be glad to learn that we clergy are helped and encouraged to examine our souls, so that we can be aware of our strengths and ...

 

John’s short story

JOHN lived in a small village nestling in the Chiltern Hills, between Reading and Oxford. He hadn’t always lived there but his family ...

 

Another nice mess we’ve gotten into...

OVER the New Year period many cinema goers were taken back to their childhood days, either through watching the sequel to the 1964 ...

 

Thanks to all the people I’ve known

CAN we celebrate our lives while we are still alive without embarrassing others?  Waking on Thursday, December 6, 2018, the morning ...

 

Open your eyes to wonder of creation

I HAVE one particular clergy friend who always comes to my mind at the feast of the Epiphany, which the church celebrated last Sunday....

 

Time to pause and reflect on past year

COMING to the end of one year and approaching a new one is, for me, a little like approaching a crossroads.  It is a time to take ...

 

Listen out for what God is telling us

WHAT days they must have been. Days when the might of the Roman Empire ruled the known world. Days when Caesar Augustus could issue a ...

 

We need mending before a fresh start

CHRISTMAS for cracked and broken people? One of my abiding memories of school was the build-up to Christmas with school plays, parties ...

 

Drifting with our backs to the future

HOW and when will history, the human story, end? Thoughtful people in every generation have asked that question. The big questions ...

 

Unlike apples, our souls can be healed

AFTER such a long, dry summer, my wife and I were quite amazed that our big, old apple tree managed to produce such an enormous crop ...

 

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