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 […]

Bible and biblical

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 […]

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A squirrel named desire

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I am sitting in remote cabin where I have gone for a week of prayer and writing. A squirrel has befriended me in my hermitage. Several times a day she lands with a thump on the windowsill, taps boldly on the window and watches me with bright anticipation. Ask and it shall be given to you. […]

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Seeking the road much travelled

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In the preparations to move house I have uncovered a photo and meditation on journeying that I wrote about a road near my previous home in Derby …. Just around the corner from where we lived, the road turns sharply, sloping steeply into a brief, tree-canopied cutting called ‘The Hollow’. Half way down is a […]

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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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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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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 […]