Thought for the Week

May 5, 2013

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

I know I jokingly say at times ‘Put two Lutherans in a room and you’ll get three opinions’. If you can’t have a dig at ‘family’ then life’s pretty serious. The trouble is that family squabbles can be serious. In relation to church squabbles or Lutheran ones, I’m afraid I don’t have good radar or […]

April 21, 2013

4th Sunday of Easter

I was in Scotland driving to Livingston when I saw the all the red … what? Cotton wool on legs? Sheep with big red jumpers on them? (Seems unnecessarily redundant.) As I got closer I could see that they were just sheep but sprayed – not just a little as I’m used to see-ing – […]

April 14, 2013

The 3rd Sunday of Easter

I’m writing this less than 48 hours after last Sunday’s service – after preaching on the ‘resurrection reality’ as seen in John turning around to see Jesus standing among the lamp stands holding the seven stars in his hand. Trying to understand Jesus (and God) for me is like trying pin down mercury – there […]

April 7, 2013

The 2nd Sunday of Easter

I remember at university (in the 70s and 80s – before the internet) the discussion about knowledge and its expansion. The figure of the polymath was becoming a rare species because knowledge was increasing at an exponential rate. The days were long gone when one could hope know everything. But I was fascinated – still […]

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 […]

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