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Reflections on the Resurrection 4/6

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‘Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus … Jesus himself came near and went with them …  When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him.’   from Luke 24.13-35   […]

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Reflections on the Resurrection 3/6

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 ‘He is not here.’ Mark 16.2‑7   The first experience of resurrection was of absence not presence. Jesus was gone and they didn’t know where.   We have records of up to eight resurrection appearances, though it is impossible to be precise. Many of the encounters described are very brief. Let me be very practical here. This means that […]

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Reflections on the Resurrection 1/6

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‘As the first day of the week was dawning … an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.’ Matthew 28.1-8 As the Christian seasons circle around I always pray for an insight or thought to come fresh to me. After hearing and telling the great […]

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Reflections on the resurrection 2/6

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Something happened in the night.  In a garden outside Jerusalem is a tomb. The stone that sealed it has been rolled away. The tomb is empty.      What God chooses to reveal or keep secret is always a puzzle.  This is a very strange way to launch a world mission.   God acted in the […]

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Running in the dark

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Awake very early without reason – and none is needed. So here I am, well before the dawn, jogging on the towpath in the dark, by faith not sight, torch strictly for emergencies. Merton believed that after God created the day and the night he preferred the night. He is surely right. So do I. […]

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David and Saul

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Writers are at the mercy of publishers when it comes to book covers. But the choice of this painting for the front of my book Fear and Trust: God-centred leadership is inspired. It is the work of a French artist, Leslie Xuereb.   It shows two figures.  One is a king on a bulky throne, […]

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40 years on …

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Forty years ago on, on 30th September 1979 ….  I was ordained at St Paul’s Cathedral and began a curacy at Holy Trinity, Wealdstone. Training had been hugely fulfilling. St John’s, Nottingham was a place of exciting spiritual and theological riches for me, with an exceptional faculty. A number of lifelong friendships began there. Within […]

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Pilgrim – poem

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Pilgrim Today off the corner of the island of Saints    the sea is wildGod’s firstborn have surfaced there    chaos monsters are at play There are no rules of coursethey simply hurl themselves at everything    bellowing in primal joyLaughter booms across the whirlwindAll is drenched in salt and light The rocks, as they […]

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Six Reflections on the Cross

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    These reflections were prepared for a traditional three-hour vigil at the cross – one for each half hour. But please use them in any way you find helpful.  You may find it a help to have a cross and perhaps a lit candle as a focus. You do not need a specially made […]

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the joy of being wrong! – reflections on enjoying Lent

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An unexpected title?   I wonder how you to reacted when you saw this title?   For at least two reasons the idea might come as a surprise.    Firstly, this is the Christian season of Lent – a season that reminds us of the deep seriousness of Christian faith and commitment.  This way of life requires […]