Thought for the Week

March 31, 2013

The Resurrection of Our Lord

Perhaps it’s because I’m not British … well, I didn’t grow up here. Or maybe it is because I’m a Lutheran and whether in Australia or here, that is part of being a very small group. So I read with interest and perplexity the ‘broadside’ by Lord Carey (former Archbishop of Canterbury) against PM David […]

March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday

This week my thoughts have turned away from the Tiber in Rome to the Thames in England (thinking about Pastor Steve’s column in The British Lutheran). Actually the river I should have been thinking about is the River Stour because on it lies the cathedral city of Canter-bury and on Thursday the enthronement of the […]

March 17, 2013

5th Sunday in Lent

On Wednesday the Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new Bishop of Rome. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Argentinean by birth, becomes the 266th one but the first one to take the papal name of Francis. The world has watched with interest and for the most part commentaries and reports have been positive. The media have […]

March 10, 2013

4th Sunday in Lent

Dressing up. The fashion industry testifies that clothes have importance to us. They allegedly ‘make the man’! If nothing else, they communicate messages about the wearer whether they be functional or ceremonial or personal. Wearing a uniform isn’t necessarily dressing up but it can be. (Is that a mixed message?) Wearing something personal might reflect […]

March 3, 2013

The 3rd Sunday in Lent

Wednesday night’s service in Cambridge got me thinking. (I’m sure that was one of the hoped-for outcomes!) At some stage I must have known about Ignatius of Antioch. Well, I think I must have. I have read Eusebius’ ‘The History of the Church’. Eusebius is generally regarded as the ‘father of ecclesiastical history’ which means […]

February 24, 2013

The 2nd Sunday in Lent

This coming week will be a historical one in the catholic church. For once, the ambiguity with regards to the word ‘catholic’ (which can mean ‘universal’ ie., all around the world or it can mean the denomination of the Roman Catholic Church) works well. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has made a lot of […]

February 17, 2013

The 1st Sunday in Lent

I only really noticed the niggle at the back of my brain about 1 mile from my destination. I had checked my calendar on my phone for the day’s events the previous day. Yes, I was surprised at the 5 blocks of colour – 5 events – 5 appointments and tasks. That’s unlike me, I […]

February 10, 2013

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

I picked up the latest edition of the New Testament in Greek this week. It is the Nestle-Aland 28th edition (and I immediately liked it … because it has bigger print than the 27th edition!). The 28th edition incorpo-rates the ongoing research and work that is happening in the world of the New Testament manuscripts. […]

February 3, 2013

4th Sunday after The Epiphany

Not happy. That’s how I was leaving the Apple store in Cambridge. I had gone in as a ‘last resort’ sort of thing to enquire about or have them take out a broken ear plug from my iPod. The store was busy – lots of customers – lots of people wanting to help – they […]

January 27, 2013

3rd Sunday after The Epiphany

I was sitting in the foyer of a Lisbon museum waiting and therefore people watching. Generally we’re all strangers (except for the staff who can see each other!) – rushing past – mostly Portuguese of course – with language and culture in common going about their interests, hobbies, or studies – or waiting. Then I […]

Page 22 of 24