Bible and biblical

Writing in the dust

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Ash WednesdayPreached to the Samford Peverell Mission Community, Devon. Reading: John 8:2-11 ‘… he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, […]

Life and faith

Evangelicals and the Surprise of God

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Published in the Church of England Newspaper as part of a continuing discussion  between Evangelicals in the Church of England …   Not all Evangelicals think alike. The year I began ordination training I attended the Evangelical Anglican Congress at Nottingham (1977). NEAC remains one of the most exciting conferences I have ever been to. There, […]

Bible and biblical

With unveiled faces

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Sermon preached at the ordination Sue and Alison as priests. St Michael and All Angels 28th September, 2020.Holy Trinity, Westward Ho! Exeter Diocese.    ‘… we have such a hope, we are very bold.[for] We with unveiled faces are seeing the glory of the Lord …. displayed in the face of Christ.’  2 Cor 3.4-5,12-18&4.1-7 I […]

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 Christians 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     […]