Thought for the Week

September 23, 2018

The 18th Sunday after Pentecost

In 1917 the then new Mexican Constitution almost outlawed the Roman Catholic Church from public life (no teaching by the Church, church property was now at the disposal of the State, religious orders outlawed, and priests were targeted in many ways eg. it was illegal for priests to wear clerical clothes in public ‘outside’ (they […]

September 9, 2018

The 16th Sunday after Pentecost

My week had three encounters with that part of life that is probably still the biggest taboo of all – death. (And I didn’t go to hospital or visit a grieving family or conduct a funeral.) No, these encounters were more the ‘walk by’ ones – ones where I could easily stop, ‘turn around’ and […]

September 2, 2018

The 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Most days I receive a photo or two or a short movie clip on our ‘Samiec Family Chat’ about the grandchildren. Of course it isn’t the same as being in the same room with them but it is nice to see them this way. Most of the time the children are doing their thing and […]

August 26, 2018

The 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Last Wednesday was traffic jam day. I know the roads. I know the current road works and ‘go slow’ areas. You factor them into your travel time. My daughter, Claire, keeps telling me to check the roads online before the journey so I don’t get caught. I admit I don’t do that of-ten but I […]

August 19, 2018

The 13th Sunday after Pentecost

In the Australian comedy film, ‘The Castle’ (as in the phrase ‘a man’s home is his castle’) there is a court scene where a well meaning but totally out of his depth lawyer is trying to argue a point of law. He fails to cite details, references, or precedence and resorts to generalities, the key […]

August 12, 2018

The 12th Sunday after Pentecost

I heard about the new archaeological find in Egypt. An ancient burial shaft and a mummification workshop 30 metres underground have been discovered near the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo. It is simply exciting to think – well, I think so! – that there is still history to find – a chamber, a jar, a […]

July 29, 2018

The 10th Sunday after Pentecost

With the new regulations on data protection I have now 4 ‘work’ email addresses. I spent the earlier part of last week setting up three of them – the congregational ones – obviously Ascension but I’m also looking after Good Shepherd, Coventry and Redeemer, Harlow. It’s been a bit of a tedious process transferring addresses […]

July 22, 2018

The 9th Sunday after Pentecost

She simply didn’t see him at all. She was walking across the road slowly probably heading to the shops on the other side. I was driving and could see the street behind her and it was un-characteristically empty. (It is usually full of every sort of vehicle, chaotic, and slow going through that portion of […]

July 15, 2018

The 8th Sunday after Pentecost

I read an article* that suggested that one of the reasons Christianity is struggling today is that it’s ‘humanity focus’ (the article said ‘anthropocentrism’) is increasingly at odds with the world views of the last 500 years. With Copernicus we now orbit the sun which means that planet Earth and thus humanity are no longer […]

July 8, 2018

The 7th Sunday after Pentecost

I read an Australian news feed summarising the issues of the day. There are times you can’t help but laugh. Yesterday (7th July) was World Chocolate Day. Today starts Diabetes Week (sponsored by Diabetes Australia). Were they accidentally together? Did Diabetes Australia choose the week knowing about World Chocolate Day or oblivious to it? (Diabetes […]

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