Today is a national day of Reflection in the UK. There will be a minutes silence at 12 noon. This day has been chosen as it marks the first anniversary from the first lockdown in response to the pandemic. Other countries will have their own anniversaries and key dates but this is ours. And we... Continue Reading →
Unknown: when the truth about who we are disappoints us
Like many in lockdown UK David and I are raiding our DVD library and rewatching old films. This reflection only contains one slight plot spoiler for this excellent film 'Unknown' with Liam Neeson in the lead role In the story Liam's character arrives in Berlin and has an accident. He comes round after 4 days... Continue Reading →
Dang! It got me on the last page
I have just finished reading this book. It's a Lent book so I am a bit ahead of myself but having recently re read all the Gospels I have realised afresh the centrality of the cross in the Christian faith. That sounds a bit ridiculous, you'd think it would be obvious that the cross is... Continue Reading →
Giving up fear for Lent?
This week we have entered Lent, the 40 day period leading up to Easter when we remember that Jesus went into the wilderness. Traditionally Christians are called to give up stuff that’s bad for us and we tend to think of abstinence from indulgences such as sugar, chocolate, alcohol or even coffee. But what if... Continue Reading →
More on names and lists there of
Lists of names can be very oppressive. I can think of two places where I have stood and felt utterly overwhelmed: in front of the Menin Gates near Ypres on which are engraved 54,395 names of soldiers who died in the two world wars, and inside the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, where there is... Continue Reading →
A Family Tree Failure
Or is it a family tree full of failures? I have been reading a chapter a day through the gospels recently and last week I came to the gospel of Matthew. I wasn’t particularly looking forward to the first chapter of Matthew because I knew that it was just a long list of names. So... Continue Reading →
Life… a jigsaw with no picture to follow?
Our quest for challenge and entertainment has sunk to a new low... we are attempting a jigsaw with no picture. We found three bags of pieces, all labelled 'David's jigsaw' and are having a go at putting it together. But neither of us know what picture we are creating. We don't know its dimensions, we... Continue Reading →
Star Trek and Strawberries – staying sane in scary situations
"Captain's Log Star date 01 01 2021 ..." I grew up with Star Trek, not the movies, the TV programmes with the doors that went 'swish', the devices into which 'beam me up Scotty' was the most frequent and desperate request, the inscrutable and ever logical Mr Spock, the pessimistic doctor 'Bones' (pessimistic inspite of... Continue Reading →
Looking into the Bible
Having just published two very wordy posts, this one is picture based. I'm posing the question: what are you looking for when you open the Bible and read it? For many the answer is this: You are looking for some light in the darkness, a bit of 'green pasture', some sustenance, a bit of blue... Continue Reading →
What is THE most important thing you bring to your service of God/the church?
(This is also 'Church: Fractions and Factions Part 2') When we step forward and seek to serve God in some public way (make coffee, arrange flowers,lead prayers, preach, serve on PCC, lay leadership, ordained leadership) what do you might think might be THE most important qualities that you bring with you? Please stop reading and... Continue Reading →