Thought for the Week

January 12, 2020

The Baptism of Our Lord

Last week I saw two scenes that I suspect those involved wished hadn’t happened. The first was the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, slapping the hand of a woman who had grabbed his hand and wasn’t about to let him go as he was walking by the crowds. He subsequently apologised. The second was the […]

January 5, 2020

Observing The Festival of The Epiphany

The media at this time of the year often give us reflections on the past year and despite my personal peeve that 2020 is actually the last year of this decade, the reflections have often a decade perspective. You can find ‘the 100 photos that define a decade’ (not for children or the fainthearted!) – […]

December 29, 2019

The First Sunday After Christmas

I don’t like the windscreen wipers on the constant regular setting. Swipe. Wipe. Swipe. Wipe. I much prefer to have the wipers on intermittently. Of course, if the rain is heavy, I have no option but to have them on constantly but it’s just ‘not right’. I’ve sometimes wondered why I am weird about windscreen […]

December 22, 2019

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

I took some reading with me to Australia. I figured I’d be travelling quite a bit and catching up on a book or a magazine would be good to do. I came across the following – a segment of ‘A Christmas Sermon’ by Phillips Brooks in a book published in 1890. Bishop Brooks is more […]

December 15, 2019

The Third Sunday of Advent

I listen to the annual Boyer Lectures. These are a lecture series presented by the Australian Broadcasting Commission whereby prominent Australians speak on a topic to stimulate en-gagement and discussion. They were modelled, I believe, on the BBC’s Reith Lectures. (I’ve thought both are worth a listen.) This year’s Boyer lecturer is film maker, Rachel […]

December 8, 2019

The Second Sunday of Advent

The village magazine was popped through the letter box yesterday. It is a small, colourful, well put together publication – full of local news, history, sports results, nature articles, and what is happening in the community from the point of view of the local MP, the district council, and the parish council. There are notices, […]

December 1, 2019

The First Sunday of Advent

I remember when blogs were starting on the internet. Back in the 1990s the Lutheran Church of Australia had one going for pastors. I dutifully signed up and joined in but after a short while I left the group. Maybe it was me and I just didn’t know how to ‘drive’ the technology but the […]

November 25, 2019

The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

I arrived back in the UK to the news of the South Yorkshire flooding. Property destruction and deaths are devastating. I arrived back in the UK to pick up the news that the bushfires in Aus-tralia had got worse (and there had been considerable smoke across the state and I had driv-en near a few […]

November 25, 2019

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

I didn’t expect the question. The conversation was the suddenness of Jesus’ reappearance – how the world will be turning and there will be eating and drinking, giving birth and dying, making love and making war, buy and selling and so on and then Jesus appears – time’s up. Then there’s the judgement and the […]

November 24, 2019

The Last Sunday of the Church Year

Back at work now, I’m back on the road quite a bit. There are lots of road works happening and I’ve noticed the progress made. As with any regular travelling, you come to know the ‘local conditions’ – when to leave home so as to avoid the ‘build up’, how quickly this traffic light changes, […]

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