Thought for the Week

July 21, 2013

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

‘What would Luther say?!’ My daughter, Claire, had emailed me a link to a news item this week. It was the recent announcement by the Vatican that those attending the forthcoming Catholic World Youth Day in Brazil – which is a week long event – may receive an indulgence. Those unable to attend the event […]

July 14, 2013

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

From John Kleinig’s essay ‘What’s the use of praising God?’ … (which is reprinted in a booklet in the foyer) … The praise of the triune God in the church dif-fers from the acts of praise in all other religions because it is based on the incarnation of God’s Son and our present union with […]

June 30, 2013

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

My background before entering the seminary was theatre – some acting but mainly lighting and some sound and stage management. I have to be careful as a pastor not to turn every-thing, especially worship, into a performance. There’s only one actor on the ‘worship stage’ and God doesn’t need me to keep stepping in front […]

June 23, 2013

The 5th Sunday after Pentecost

MAJAX can either mean Major Accident Response Procedure or Major Incident Plan (and I don’t know how the letters became MAJAX) and it is used in the local hospitals to test how hospital per-sonnel respond to emergencies. This version I think was developed at West Suffolk Hospital and is basically a rehearsal for something you […]

June 16, 2013

The 4th Sunday after Pentecost

This week I wore my ‘ELCE hat’ a bit more prominently than usual. I attended two meetings in London as the ELCE’s Vice Chairman (and that title still generates a somewhat confused glaze of the eyes when people hear it). Since the ELCE joined Churches Together in England I have attended the The-ology and Unity […]

June 9, 2013

The 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

(Spoilers ahead) I finally got round to seeing the latest Star Trek movie (Star Trek: Into Dark-ness). Yes, I’d watch it again. It is very good but not, for me, ‘wow’! This ‘parallel universe’ builds on the original 1960s Trek storyline and so you’re expecting the same characters but in somewhat new and different situations […]

June 2, 2013

The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

We make links and associations all the time. It is part of the way we remember and categorise people. Someone always likes Pizza or Chinese food. He’s into football (but which code?!) or basketball or the game ‘played in heaven’ (rugby!). She’s always talking about this or that au-thor. It doesn’t take too long being […]

May 26, 2013

The Holy Trinity (1st Sunday after Pentecost)

On Thursday I was involved in two inspections. At Westfield House we had the British Accreditation Council come and visit. There were observations, interviews, and going through file upon file. Then in the evening at T S Fox, the Sea Cadet Unit in Mildenhall, we had our biennial Royal Navy Pa-rade. The Parade is the […]

May 19, 2013

The Day of Pentecost

I think I forget the power of words at times. That’s not a good thing in my ‘line of work’. At a foundational level, all I use are words. Of course, they are to be about the Word (made flesh). My creativity is not in ‘making up’ stories but rather in using words that will […]

May 12, 2013

The 7th Sunday of Easter

‘Oh, that’s a bit young!’ I was reading the accompanying paperwork that came this week with my registration as an approved marriage celebrant in Scotland. My limited experience of solemnising weddings in different countries knows enough to check the ‘fine print’ because each country seems to have slightly different understandings of marriage and ways of […]

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