Thought for the Week

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 […]

July 1, 2018

The 6th Sunday after Pentecost

This week … words from someone else … Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) … which I found challenging. It is needless for me to warn you against the earthly peace which comes from honours, be-cause the poor never meet with much honour. However, unless you are careful, praise from others may harm you greatly, […]

June 24, 2018

The 5th Sunday after Pentecost

The European Lutheran Conference came and went just over three weeks ago. What is the European Lutheran Conference? Here is the material in the Brief History given out at each meeting. (The emphases are in the original.) After the Second World War, the confessional Evangelical Lutheran Churches begun to meet regularly as what they called […]

June 17, 2018

The 4th Sunday after Pentecost

I do a lot of driving. And yes, we did a fair bit of driving exploring Crete – only the western ‘half’ – and adjusting to driving on the right side of the road is always fun! (We did have a nice time away.) Now I’ve written about driving before. Near misses. Road closures and […]

June 3, 2018

The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

You just shake your head at times, perplexed, bewildered at how things could be the way they are. I was shocked – and then I was surprised that I was shocked! – at the Aid Workers scandal where some people ostensibly there to help in places like Haiti were compounding the abuse of women by […]

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