Bible and biblical

Introducing “Love Means Love”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TePuPl1FDRM&feature=youtu.be This is the text of a presentation I have given to several zoom events to mark the publication of my new book  Love means Love – same sex relationships and the Bible (SPCK). You can find more information about the book here on these web pages. But let me start with a story. Four […]

Life and faith

Does God prefer introverts?

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When we were first told to stay at home, networks, organisations and individuals from the worlds of spirituality and meditation began posting resources and advice on the themes of solitude, silence and stillness etc. For a captive audience, here was neglected wisdom for our noisy, compulsively overactive world.  Familiar stories and sayings did the rounds.  […]

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Free as a bird

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Acoss the slow, sunlit mornings of this lovely Spring I have officed in the garden. There I write, read and pray. ‘Lord, teach us what is ours to do’. Well this is mine, I sense, while these days last. The garden, simply gift. As human noise and activity has withdrawn, much else is drawing nearer […]

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the gift of tears

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This article is  was published in the September to December 2018 issue of Lee Abbey,  Rapport magazine.   Down through history, and in a variety of cultures, is found the practice of gathering tears and keeping them in a bottle. There is a poetic reference to this practice in one of the Psalms when a […]

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Send in the spies

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Sermon at service for licensing of lay ministriesLeicester Cathedral ReadingsNumbers 13: 1-2, 27-33Ephesians 4: 1-6Luke 10: 17-20 If those bible readings were chosen to set the scene for this celebration of rich and varied Christian callings then have you noticed one important ministry seems to be missing today? Where are the spies? In that first […]

Life and faith

Living in remembrance

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A Remembrance Day sermon
I was standing at the War Memorial on Sunday as many of you were. I spoke the words – ‘We will remember them’.I wore the poppy – ‘lest we forget.’But found myself wondering what the task of remembering actually involves. What does it take? And what does it ask of us not […]

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The hospitable God

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An extract from a piece written for Celebrating Community (ed Emma Ineson and Chris Edmondson, pub DLT) – a book commissioned by the Lee Abbey Movement to celebrate 60 years of Christian witness through shared life. At the heart of Christian faith is a God who is hospitable.   In the creation story at the beginning […]

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Tinnitus and the sound of God

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‘Let anyone who has an ear to hear, listen …..’ Rev 3.13 Along with many in our society I am hearing impaired. I am also one of a growing number who struggle with tinnitus*. Strange isn’t it? In a world of incredibly sophisticated information and communication technology we are actually getting deafer. I was sitting […]

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Birth or burglary

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For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!  I Thess 5.2-3 For as the days […]