Thought for the Week

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 […]

December 30, 2012

1st Sunday after Christmas

December 23, 2012

4th Sunday of Advent

The 2011 census relating to England and Wales has garnered quite a bit of media comment. The big picture brush strokes get the press coverage. In 2001 71.7% of the population said they were Christian and now in 2011 it’s 59.3%. The percentage of people claiming ‘No religion’ has risen from 14.8% in 2001 to […]

December 16, 2012

3rd Sunday of Advent

This week I renewed my First Aid qualification. The overall aim of the course was the Red Cross’ 3 P’s – preserve life; prevent worsening; promote recovery. Our instructor quipped that it means ‘trying not to panic as you help until the cavalry arrives’. He mentioned on numerous occasions how wonderful the ‘blue’s and two’s’ […]

December 15, 2012

2nd Sunday of Advent

A pregnant duchess ill in hospital. A prank call from an Australian radio station. Success in terms of the radio programme with a few laughs. Life goes on. But in this case, it doesn’t for one. I don’t know if there’s a connection but it seems that everyone is making one. A tragedy of huge […]

December 2, 2012

1st Sunday of Advent

The Luddites were 19th century textile workers who objected to the introduction of new machinery (with their accompanying lower paid workers) which would rob them of their livelihoods. What is remembered about them, I think, is that they smashed machinery. So when people use the term ‘Luddite’ today they forget the economic side of things […]

November 25, 2012

Last Sunday of the Church Year

I arrived at 18:56. The service was due to begin at 19:00. That’s cutting it fine! I was certainly thankful I made it – especially since it was our Thanksgiving Service! I wasn’t late on purpose (returning from Barnes Conference) – though I’m pretty sure I took a wrong turn in Gloucester-shire which didn’t help. […]

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