Life and faith

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, […]

Life and faith

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 […]

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Dear God …

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Dear God, I don’t often sit down and write to you. But there’s a difficult question that I want to ask. It’s bothered me for a while now and it’s this: do you really know everything absolutely everything? You see, I can’t help feeling disappointed if you do. And (forgive me if this sounds disrespectful) I can’t […]

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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 […]