Thought for the Week

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 […]

January 20, 2013

2nd Sunday after Epiphany

I follow cycling in the general way of all sport (which means I know of the Tour de France and about Lance Armstrong). I had heard of the interview and the forthcoming confession but wasn’t keen enough to find a way to watch it and was happy to see snippets on the news and internet. […]

January 13, 2013

The Baptism of Jesus

I’m writing this while still putting together my ‘guilty conscience’ – The British Lutheran (only 8 months late). It’s a ‘monster’ edition (the rest of 2012 so to speak). I’d call it the big issue except that name is taken. At 92 pages it is more work than I had envisaged. This has genuinely surprised […]

January 6, 2013

The Festival of The Epiphany

‘Unlike the eyes, the ears have no lids.’ I heard that on a podcast this week and the sentence fascinated me. It would seem that while we’re made so that we can block out the visual – shut our eyes – we live in sound, like fish swimming in water. Now of course once seen […]

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