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26 06, 2019

Creation

June 26th, 2019|

Romans 1:20 (NRSV) ‘For ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.’ Interestingly, when I searched for a definition of ‘creation’, the first statement read: ‘the action or process of bringing something into existence’.  The second one read: the creating of the universe, especially when regarded as an act of God’.  For me, creativity as a Christian is allowing opportunities for God’s Spirit to work.  It’s an opening up and making things new.  It gives endless, refreshing and joyful possibilities [...]

24 06, 2019

The Holy Spirit is like….

June 24th, 2019|

... and suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability.             (Acts 2: 2 - 4 - NRSVA) It’s a ‘thing’ to punctuate language with the word ‘like’ these days!... ‘and he was, like, I told her not to do that...’  ‘we were all, like, going up [...]

3 06, 2019

Inequalities in our society

June 3rd, 2019|

We have recently been informed about the comprehensive review which is about to be undertaken (over 5 years) about inequalities in the United Kingdom. The review will be exploring areas such as economic, political, education, health inequality and the effects of globalisation. All these have come together to raise concerns across all walks of life and the review is meant to try and find ways in which these inequalities can be addressed. I am not sure where the politicians have been over the past 20 or so years (or perhaps they have been distracted by Brexit) but the issues of [...]

28 05, 2019

Pilgrimage

May 28th, 2019|

As I write this, I am preparing to walk the last 110 km from Sarria to Santiago in Northern Spain. It’s the first time that I’ve done something like this and I’m excited, a little nervous and dreading the inevitable blisters. As someone who lives in my head a lot it will be interesting to do something else. I have never tried something like this before and a little daunted about what seemed like a good idea when I booked it 8 months ago. Walking isn’t something I do a lot of because where I live is more of a [...]

20 05, 2019

5 o’clock in the morning

May 20th, 2019|

At 5 o’clock in the morning, when all was still, homes still sleep, the roads rivers of calm. At 5 o’clock in the morning, when the earth was alive, the trees salute the morning sun, the birds welcome the dawn in song. At 5 o’clock in the morning, the first bus of the day rounds the corner, already laden with its first load. At 5 o’clock in the morning an intruder steps, unsure and uncertain of this fresh new land. It has been a while since I last needed to be up and out the house before 5am, and so [...]

13 05, 2019

We have a voice

May 13th, 2019|

We’ve just had local elections in the UK. Later this month we will be voting in the European elections. Last week, Conservative MPs were telling Theresa May that a fresh referendum is becoming “inevitable” as talks with Labour look set to fail. North of the border, Scotland could demand a second independence referendum if the UK votes to exit the EU. In Ireland, if there's no agreement, we could either see a harder border or more checks when travelling to Great Britain from any part of the island of Ireland. Clearly the United Kingdom is far from being united, with [...]

8 05, 2019

God’s plans

May 8th, 2019|

What plans do you have? Perhaps you’ve got plans for your next holiday?  Plans for redecorating or having the kitchen done or sprucing up your garden? Plans for a new job – or retirement? Plans for a new house? Or a change of direction in your life? We love to plan – but how often do we think about God’s plans? God’s plans for the world as a whole, but also the ways you and I fit into those grand plans. Jesus’s eyes were fixed on God’s plans. At the Last Supper, we hear Jesus talking about Himself. Jesus says [...]

29 04, 2019

Hidden Narratives

April 29th, 2019|

The terrible bombings in Sri Lanka hit the headlines and rightly so. But something nags: if the victims had not included western holiday makers (including Britons), would we have heard much? The bombings follow on the heels of the Notre Dame fire: the cause, as yet, undetermined, but highlighting increasing attacks on churches in France, with more than 10 desecrated or damaged since January. Three churches in Louisiana, USA, were also recently destroyed by arson. These stories are repeating globally and daily but are not widely covered in the media. And it’s not about buildings: according to persecution monitors Open [...]

21 04, 2019

This is the day that the Lord has made

April 21st, 2019|

Words from Psalm 118: 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. The choice of Psalm 118 for Easter Sunday is so appropriate.  It provides [...]

15 04, 2019

Holy Week – one week with eternal consequences

April 15th, 2019|

The phrase “A week is a long time in politics” is attributed to Harold Wilson. Born and brought up in Huddersfield he went on to be an MP and served as Prime Minister for two periods in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  The phrase rings true:  the fortunes of a politician or political party can change drastically in the course of just one week.  As I write it’s difficult to predict the outcome of the Brexit process, nor its effect on our domestic politics. A lot could happen in one week, but it might not. In the light of eternity, a [...]