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Wondering Where The Lions Are ?

So this week, we started the ‘Being With’ course at Church. I came across this on a conference on Zoom during lockdown. The course has been developed by Sam Wells, vicar at St Martin-In-The-Fields in London along with his associate vicar, Sally Hitchiner.When I heard Sam Wells talk about the course, I knew immediately that…

Wise Words From Daniel Berrigan

Daniel Berrigan, Catholic Priest and peace activist one said that the major tasks of the church were to build community, foster spiritual dsiciplines and teach bible literacy.The first task of reading the Bible is to ask why it was written. What was the experience of the authors that had moved them to write as they…

It’s Show Not Tell – Again

It’s Show Not Tell – Again Today is the feast day of Saint John the evangelist. The Gospel reading set for today is from the end of John’s Gospel: Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed…

That’s How Close He Is

It’s Christmas Day. Bev and I are spending Christmas with her mum in Holyhead – the furthest point in North Wales off the island of Anglesey.Midnight communion at St Cybi’s church was a special way to start Christmas. It’s the church where we were married in December 1981 – 41 years ago.In the sermon, the…

The Difference A Word Makes

I’m mentioning Rowan Williams a lot recently. That’s because he’s brilliant ! I was listening to him being interviewed recently and at one point, he was talking about Pantheism and Panentheism. The Pantheist believes that God is the sum total of all that is. Rocks, trees, animals, people, the universe.As he was talking I had…

There Is Nothing In God

Maybe I got you wondering … have I lost it ?No, actually. And what I have for you today is surprisingly simple but infinitely profound, and deep mystery – expressed by Rowan Williams in this way.There is nothing in God that is not God.There is nothing in God that is the result of something else.What…

No Room At The Inn ?

Some friends and I have some Iranian folk we have been getting to know over the last 8 months or so. They are here in the UK because they are Christians, and it’s not safe for them in Iran. Their stories are difficult to hear, as they have weighed up the cost of leaving and…

Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers,

So – we’ve had a series on church on the different aspects of service that people might be called to. See above.I was with a group yesterday and we were talking about what an evangelist is. Essentially someone who shares their faith with others. But what struck me as we were talking was the importance…

These Arrangements Are Not Working

I’ve been working on a song ….I took some ideas to the songwriting circle I go to and sang what I thought might be a part of it If you don’t feel the despair, you’re not listeningIf you don’t feel the despair, you’re not listeningWe might as well be walking in the darkWe might as…

Three Russians On A Bus

We were on holiday. We hardly ever go to the same place more than once, but this was our third stay at Hotel Viewpoint in Patara on the Turquoise coast in Southern Turkey. So one day we went to Kas, a town about an hour away, on one of the small buses (Dolmus) that you…

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