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 →
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 →
Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton – book review
Every now and again I read a book which is just SO good, it’s hard to review because all I want to say is “this book is SO GOOD - get it! Read it! And then read it again”! This book Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership is in that category. So if you are... Continue Reading →
Earlier this week I anointed someone with oil. It's been a very long time since I've done that. Naturally I took appropriate precautions but as the person concerned was already in that fragile space somewhere between life and death, the risk to her of anything transmitted from me was out of all proportion with the risks she already... Continue Reading →
How can we believe in God at a time like this?
A video version of my answer - for those who prefer to watch... text underneath, if you prefer to read. https://youtu.be/-5OjQahLNRg You may have noticed that we (along with many others) are doing an awful lot of praying, our daily prayers are being posted up on our Facebook page and hopefully will also be on... Continue Reading →
Finding Jesus in the gloom and uncertainty
This wonderful Easter reflection (used with permission) is by my friend Wendy Bray, a priest and author who lives with terminal cancer. She is also quoting Debie Thomas For anyone who finds Easter hard because it seems to be all about sunshine and brightness and life -all-sorted, this might be helpful for you. Happy Easter. (... Continue Reading →
God: No T’s and C’s?
I’m not sure if that title is entirely theologically correct and I’m happy to engage in conversation with anyone who disagrees with me. It was prompted by a typo in a caption my friend gave to a photo of his boys dressed as waiters. They had just made their mum Sunday lunch for Mother’s Day... Continue Reading →
This is Who I’m talking about…
A 14-year-old boy called Walker whose heart is breaking prays and the next day Jesus turns up in his bedroom, long flowing robes, sandals and all. This short story/poem is absolutely amazing. The Jesus we meet is the Jesus I'd like everyone to meet. I often ask people to read one of the gospels to... Continue Reading →
‘Vesper Sky’ Poetry and Song CD Recommendation
What a joy to come across this is utterly wonderful CD of 20 recordings: some are songs, some are poems, with and without music in the background, some are funny ('Perfect Fit' and 'Somewhere in the Library'), some are heart-breakingly sad ('Breakages') but all of them have hope and all of them are clever and... Continue Reading →
Definition of Faith?
I’ve been noticing the emergence of a new definition of faith for me. It’s a personal definition, I’m not offering it as any kind of radically new, catch-all, snazzy, jazzy definition. But it might help someone which is why I offer it. (I’m very aware that the Bible gives a very adequate definition of faith,... Continue Reading →