Thought for the Week

June 24, 2018

The 5th Sunday after Pentecost

The European Lutheran Conference came and went just over three weeks ago. What is the European Lutheran Conference? Here is the material in the Brief History given out at each meeting. (The emphases are in the original.) After the Second World War, the confessional Evangelical Lutheran Churches begun to meet regularly as what they called […]

June 17, 2018

The 4th Sunday after Pentecost

I do a lot of driving. And yes, we did a fair bit of driving exploring Crete – only the western ‘half’ – and adjusting to driving on the right side of the road is always fun! (We did have a nice time away.) Now I’ve written about driving before. Near misses. Road closures and […]

June 3, 2018

The 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

You just shake your head at times, perplexed, bewildered at how things could be the way they are. I was shocked – and then I was surprised that I was shocked! – at the Aid Workers scandal where some people ostensibly there to help in places like Haiti were compounding the abuse of women by […]

May 27, 2018

The Holy Trinity

The new landscape of personal data protection is emerging because cyberspace never forgets and we are becoming aware of the need for a balance between privacy and the legitimate use of personal data. So we are entering a phase of consent and privacy notices, data principles leading to less – better still – no data […]

May 20, 2018

The Festival of Pentecost

We wish the Duke and Duchess of Sussex well. I was in a meeting all day yesterday so I missed the big event but I’ve now seen a few clips and pictures of the occasion. Sunshine, celebrations, happiness, ‘love is in the air’ … for what more could one ask? I was intrigued by Bishop […]

May 13, 2018

Seventh Sunday of Easter

I was in A&E for quite a few hours. All rooms were occupied and beds were in hallways inching along one wall then the next wall like aeroplanes waiting to lift off. I was standing next to a bed talking and getting out of the way as hospital staff, patients and family came past. It […]

April 29, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter

I am swimming currently – not drowning … yet! – in a sea of data protection. The new world of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into being 25th May and to be compliant and to use the data currently held, things have to be done by each congregation and by the ELCE. As always […]

April 22, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

15 minutes. That’s what I’ve given myself to write this. Never done anything like this before and wonder whether I’ll have to stop mid sent- …  Sometimes the weeks get on top of you and sometimes at the beginning of the week you can just see the mountain in front of you – all […]

April 15, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter

Hilary Mantel, in last year’s Reith Lectures, said: As soon as we die, we enter into fiction. Just ask two different family members to tell you about someone recently gone, and you will see what I mean. Once we can no longer speak for ourselves, we are interpreted. When we remember – as psychologists so […]

April 8, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter

In my Easter sermon I asked the questions: Do you want to be a Christian? Do you want to be a Muslim? Do you want to be a Hindu? Do you want to be a Buddhist? And the replies were a resounding ‘No’ and various reasons were given that might be viewed as caricature or […]

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