Thought for the Week

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. […]

November 18, 2012

25th Sunday After Pentecost

We enter the last weeks of the Church Year. Like travelling on a circle or even a Mobius Strip, we are returning to the beginning again so to speak. These last weeks look at end times, judgements, Jesus’ return and almost seamlessly move into Advent as the final coming of Jesus fades and his first […]

November 11, 2012

24th Sunday After Pentecost

Will the real Barack Obama or the real Mitt Romney please stand up? I’m not sure I know who they are from all the things I’ve heard about them. American or non American? Patriot or Trai-tor? ‘Good’ for the country or ‘bad’ for the country? Does the label ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican’ tell me the full […]

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