Sexuality discussions

Love means Love – from the back cover

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From the back cover Does the Bible really condemn same-sex relationships?Many questions wrestle with this question. Here, in his compassionate, cogent book, David Runcorn outlines how someone can support same-sex relationships on the basis of the Bible, not in spite of it.The church, in every time and place, finds itself working out the shock and […]

Sexuality discussions

The background to Love means Love

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My new book: Love means Love – same-sex relationships and the Bible (SPCK) is now published. And given the sensitivities around this subject I share here  why I have written it and who it is written for. I have written it because I have come to believe that committed same-sex expressions of love may be found […]

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.  […]

Life and faith

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 As human noise and activity has withdrawn, much else is drawing nearer […]

Personal stuff

Waiting

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  Come before the winter next    my love,before the frost traps fern fronds on the panebefore the world flies south to keep alivebefore the winds grow wildaround this fragile hopeand freeze its heart for well you knowthere are no sheltersfor a prayer caught lateupon the winter of a soul amidst the turning I will waitbefore the winter next     […]

Life and faith

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 […]

Personal stuff

Stan – a poem

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Lord, have mercy on a man whose hardest cross     we only glimpsed was caring much who all these days looked out through the private scars    of wounded sight have mercy on a weary heart    and haunted too we think until remembering itself became a shadow that cast long across his face […]

Personal stuff

You lie there … – poem

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You lie, as always, head tipped forwards on the awkward abundance of those pillows. Today you are near the surface.But more often the climb is wearyingly hardto break surface and return our greeting.Here for a moment is the familiar smile. Your eyes reach ours,but not for long.You sink back down light fading from your vacant face. This journey will take all the […]