All manner of things

Over the last few weeks, I’ve continued to reflect on the words of Reverend Richard Coles who, in thinking about Jesus’ words in John’s Gospel 10:10, said: ‘Life in all its fullness is about love, joy, fear, despair, grief, sadness and everything else we experience that is harsh and difficult. Read more…

Verify

‘… and with Clive Myrie in Jerusalem.’ Watching the television news has become difficult again. So many reports ‘containing distressing images’. So many scenes of destruction and despair. So many innocents slaughtered. So many examples of ‘man’s inhumanity to man’, which, as Robert Burns wrote, ‘Makes countless thousands mourn!’ Reporters Read more…

From one Queen to another

Under pressure? Want somebody to love? Or just to ride your bicycle? Recently, I went to see Queen with Adam Lambert. A presence in the music industry for over five decades, most of Queen’s songs are over 30 years old – and yes, I knew every single one of them.  Read more…

Calling

A Summer sunny afternoon needed a ‘thinking walk’, as Winnie the Pooh called them. To be honest though, it was more of a ‘ranting walk’. As our churches emerged from the intensity of the pandemic restrictions, the criticisers and complainers had gone back to normal too. Whether lay or ordained Read more…

Uncertain certainty

‘The virus has robbed us of many things. It continues to rob us of any certainty.’ In many ways, those words by BBC correspondent, Chris Mason sum up these last few months. Our local churches have begun opening for public worship for the first time since March. Many might have Read more…

When God is Absent

‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’ Those haunting words cried out by Jesus as he hung from the cross reflect a common human experience. Within the desolation, lie two unanswered questions, ‘Where are you, God?’ and ‘Why has this happened?’. For centuries, or indeed, millennia, people have Read more…