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March 13 2018, 4AM

Proverbs 3:1-12, 21-24 1My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. 2 If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. 3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your ne...

March 5, 4AM

Kris Valloton, Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California and co-founder of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) begins by unpacking our call to be apostolic. He explains how Jesus didn't call his followers priests, proph...

November 4 2017, 8AM

Do join us tomorrow for a special time with guest speaker Ann Clifford. We will share time together looking at the mysteries of life and death and thanking God for those we love and have loved.Excerpts from Ann’s book:When I gaze at myself in the mirror...

September 25, 10AM

We have to remember something about Matthew, ex-tax collector as he was, he knew a thing or two about money. His gospel reflects this: hidden treasure, a pearl, and last week we were shocked by a debtor cleared of millions who was just beastly to some one...

June 27 2016, 3PM

VulnerabilityJack is three and came to my house last weekend for baptism prep. He brought mum and dad and a sister and brother. He also brought cake!Mum and Jack explored with me their journey to the 'big cake bake,' the dessert they provided for after ou...

May 12, 6AM

The day when the Church of England takes down an advert advertising for a Young Vocations Adviser from any belief background, Willesden clergy, on Inset, listen to Jane Williams on vocations. Surely, a Vocations Officer for Christian Vocations needs to be...

May 9, 9AM

I don't know which operating system you run on, and yes, perhaps I mean that technologically and metaphorically but Henryk and I are not Windows people or Applemac people, we are Ubuntu people. There is a community of people who write software just f...

April 14, 4AM

Acts 8.1b-8That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging...

April 5, 3PM

John 3.16-21 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might...

February 22, 4AM

We have that curious reading in Genesis 15; animals feature across our scriptures. Animals cut in half in the Old Testament... and foxes and hens in the new. What's going on?Abram in the Old Testament has a unique encounter with God which establishes...

January 17, 11AM

I preach this sermon today after hearing the scriptures afresh this morning and so beautifully read, caught up again by the imagery in Isaiah of the Bridegroom and his Bride. I can not help but explore John's Gospel and that Wedding at Cana, in the light ...

December 3 2015, 1PM

Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist, has released her latest book, Out of Sorts. I had the great privilege of putting some questions to her. Please find the interview below. Order her book: poignant and timely, a very real wrestle with questions of lif...

November 30, 4PM

Rachel Royster artistI am struggling lately to walk two dogs quickly enough through the allotments for the school run because figs have fallen from overhanging trees there and puppies think pudding is being served and will not walk on. One of the ancient ...

November 21, 4PM

We read in The Observer that there are likely to be divisions over the value system behind a radical programme to make the Church of England “fit for purpose.” Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church, Oxford, is one of the loudest critics of the Refor...

November 3, 1PM

Jesus came to "unbind" us, like he does Lazarus, in that Jesus came to release us into believing by faith the Christian promise that life really does come from death. Life comes from death - we remember today those who have gone before us, this All Saints...

October 17, 12 PM

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God an...

September 29, 1PM

Mark 9.38-50John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon af...

September 23, 2AM

Collect for Wednesday 23rd September, 2015O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to ...

September 22, 9AM

These conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? James 4:1aBut they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another... Mark 9:34 Friday just gone, the 17th September, students across our country began their university educatio...

September 14, 12 PM

Words are very powerful. The first words we speak are celebrated. The latest words spoken we can regret. What was likely your first word?What was likely your worst? What we say with our mouths is more powerful than what we do with our hands. A small tongu...

July 23, 3AM

Women and the Church have released the test of the sermon preached at the Consecrations of Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester and Sarah Mulally, Bishop of Crediton on 22 July 2015:Mary Magdalene:When Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code, he was not th...

July 16, 7AM

One of the surprising things about coming to London has been the price of Real Estate as my Canadian uncle would put it. We own a caravan and on the basis of its square footage, if we were to park it in central London and Mayfair moreover our caravan's 14...

June 30, 5AM

Jesus' ministry challenges us to reach out and never give up. We are to reach out to this Jesus who has revealed himself to us. We are to start out to meet him only to find him completely turned to us. It was always about God's grace, remember, God b...

June 25, 7AM

Do you think that the disciples were more frightened before or after the stilling of the storm? Which is more challenging – accepting your own demise, that the water might fill the boat or that you'll be saved and plunged into an entirely new way o...

June 11, 3AM

A bit of theology.....There has been a real emphasis of late on The Green Report in the Church of England. The book Towards the Theology of Church Growth was launched this week by David Goodhew and Graham Tomlin at St Mellitus, London and i...

June 2, 2PM

Revd Andrew Corsie leads us on 'Reinventing Leadership.'We consider the thesis of Edwin H Friedman (1932-1996).Friedman supervised professional people and was a family therapist, advisor and Rabbi. He wrote 'Generation to Generation.' His books explore Fa...

May 16, 3PM

I have begun to read a book, prompted by my Fulcrum friend Ephraim Radner's blog review. This book is helping me to explore further my pet worst heresy: Gnostic dualism between body and soul.I have only read the beginning of this book, I am after 'time,' ...

May 5, 3PM

For God to speak is for God freely to “come into existence...”Oliver  Davies, in THE SIGN REDEEMED: A STUDY IN CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTAL SEMIOTICS (Modern Theology 19:2 April 20030) explains the overlap between the disciplines of theology & Semio...

April 21, 2PM

Canon Dr Christina Baxter CBEFormer Principal of St John’s Theological College, NottinghamFormer Chair of the Church of England’s General Synod’s House of Laity. She has been a Reader and lay canon of Southwell.Biography here. Canon Dr Chr...

April 18, 3AM

The Revd Dr Alister McGrath, Professor at Oxford University, and an Associate Priest, offers a reflection this weekend on the proposed changes to theological training and formation for ministry. I chaired the Fulcrum Pivot^Point Thursday just go...

April 16, 2AM

Are we drinking in the last chance saloon? Is the ship about to sink?Growing God's Kingdom through Reform & Renewal in the Church of England.Thursday 16th April 2015, 6pm for 6.30 start, finishing at 8pm.Tickets are free; there will be refreshmen...

April 4, 6AM

"Let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and dung it. If it bears fruit next year well and good but if not you can cut it down"I was recently in one of the parish churches of the Two Cities Area which has endured some turbulent times. It was ...

March 23, 4PM

Biblical hermeneuticsRegarding same-sex-sexual practice, where there was once thought to be only one trajectory – its prohibition and therefore scripture itself had to be quietened for those pro Same-Sex-Marriage, revisionists are now arguing that the B...

March 16, 4PM

There are certain things in life that are just supposed to betogether: strawberries and cream, salt and vinegar, Adam and Eve, ….a bride and a bridegroom later today in a wedding celebratedhere, Christ and his church, and we pray: heaven and earth every...

March 4, 8AM

It is important as Christians to contest for the Scriptures even when they seem politically incorrect. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled is to convince the world he doesn't exist said French poet Baudelaire. It would seem that some Anglican priests...

February 26, 6AM

I was interviewed on UCB radio this morning (United Christian Broadcasting) about the difference between meekness and weakness.I challenged that sense of our being 'nice.'Here's my 7 minutes (Click UCB logo): View RSS

February 19, 4PM

Doug Pagitt writes his 10 things I wish everyone knew about Progressive Evangelicals but with something of an 'over the pond' flavour and so I wonder what his ten might look like for UK progressives.We are often members of a range of networks and are only...

February 16, 12 PM

Well, there you have it there were women bishops in 5th century Umbria. A 9th century book also describes how Brigid of Ireland underwent consecration to the ranks of the episcopacy. A 10th century Mathilda, daughter of Otto, is described on her tombstone...

February 15, 2PM

Christian Today runs the story of those potential changes to the baptism liturgy for the Church of England that I have reflected upon before. This week (February 2015) the debate went to General Synod and discussion ensued regarding whether reference...

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February 14, 1PM

As Robert Walsh explores 'Anyone in a romantic relationship on Valentine’s Day is aware of the pitfalls surrounding it.'Romantic love will always be something that the Church handles carefully, perhaps in part because of St Valentine.The Marriage p...

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I went through a phase a few years ago for a while of finding myself humming a particular theme-tune: the one to "Mission Impossible" and I started to think about why at certain times such a tune was popping into my head. It began to become evident that i...

February 6, 12 PM

I engaged with a lecture the other day in what I realise was an appropriate setting. I listened to this lecture whilst waiting for my girls to come out of their drama class.At the heart of the lecture there is an exploration of the hypocrisy upon whi...

January 31, 12 PM

The Church of England has just published its report on Senior Leadership in the Church of England, calling it a Resource for Reflection. As I prepared for a sermon on the conversion of Paul for worship services, I reflected on this report with St Paul's l...

January 20, 3PM

This week particularly across the Anglican Church we think about our calling, each and every one of us, into a unity in Christ. It is the week for Christian Unity. Unity in Christ is a very distinctive unity. A unity in Christ is a movement into...

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We are reminded today that the See of Burnley will appoint London's Philip North. Christian Today reports on this imminent event.Philip North had turned down a previous appointment because of the theological integrity he holds in favour of an all-male pri...

January 14, 12 PM

Sitting under the Word of God in a conference centre not too far from here for a twenty-four hour away time, Hugh Palmer shared his reflections from Mark 10:32-45. Here is what I could remember with a bit of my own turn of phrase thrown in.Jesus Predicts ...

January 12, 4AM

Thoughts on the third person of the Trinity in response to readings for Sunday 11th January:Genesis 1.1-5Acts 19.1-7Mark 1.4-11In Genesis 1, a wind from God swept over the face of the waters, the ruach, the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel our Saviour is baptis...

January 8, 11AM

I too have followed the 3:28 movement and launch.I have watched the stats for Christian conferences over the years.Some time back, GodLovesWomen began to assess such data (November 2013) and release it into the public realm.In Ian Paul's analysis of the g...

January 3, 4AM

I married into a Catholic family.When I first met my husband many years ago I was struck on first visiting the family home by a resin and luminous Jesus above the fireplace of their front-room. I knew that this would likely be a family in which I would fi...

January 1, 6AM

We have, of course, just celebrated Christmas, and the lectionary asks us to face again the darkness Jesus pierced with his incredible light; that light the first chapter of John describes as the Word taking flesh. We are to lament with Rachel as she weep...

November 24 2014, 2PM

We read in our scriptures on Sunday about Christ the King coming in judgement and power and decisiveness. Next week we enter Advent with Christ the baby, coming in frailty and poverty and insecurity as we begin again the story of our Saviour and Shepherd ...

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I am hoping the church I lead will participate to some degree in one of the Christian festivals. There are a number of reasons why I hope this will be so. It will grow our bonds and bring us back renewed and energised. God encounters people in new ways wh...

November 18, 8AM

I remember going to my first Vocations Officer appointment in the 'discernment to ordination' process. I wondered if my hermeneutical approach to the book of Ruth would be something that they would like to hear about - not particularly, they said.I spoke ...

October 20, 2PM

Highlights from the move today to present the measure on women bishops to the Queen -The purpose of the Measure is to enable the Church of England, for the first time, to open all three orders of ministry—deacons, priests and bishops—without reference...

October 10, 3AM

Influential Women I have now finished Wendy Virgo's 'Influential women'. This book grabbed my attention because of the blurb on its front cover, which explains: 'From the New Testament to today - how women can build up (or undermine) their local chur...

September 26, 7AM

This post is a little tongue in cheek, really. My attention was caught by a post by Elesha Coffman, guest writer over at the Her.meneutics page of Christianity Today. She writes satirically about how if we play certain hermeneutical games with the wo...

September 23, 10AM

These have been interesting years within evangelicalism. The tendency toward fissiparousness is abating and the tendency now is towards facilitated conversation and generous listening. My conclusion here is that together we can learn better how to serve t...

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N and N 11.08.2000Debates over the Trinity involve complex metaphysical theses and the scrutiny of biblical texts. Church members often find it difficult to see how this doctrine relates to faith and practice. For me it is key - Trinitarian relations...

August 12, 4AM

VirtueOnline - expositor of all things orthodox or so it purports, blinded perhaps by the power of thinking that its own 'plain reading' is far from plain and skewed like all our readings into a hermeneutic because we are all fall-influenced and far from ...

July 18, 5AM

Dear Member of RevisingReform, You will have been overjoyed by the General Synod’s vote last Monday on women bishops. This was the logical and prayerful outcome of the decision in 1993 to enable women to be ordained to the presbyterate in the Church of...

June 4, 3AM

God is always doing something new and sometimes the new is upon us in surprising ways.I trained a at a low evangelical, charismatic college. It could even be that assumptions were made during selection that I was more acquainted with high church practice ...

June 3, 1AM

Eddie Izzard, known for his acerbic wit and original dress, presents the Church of England as a choice between 'cake' and 'death.' On youtube you can find this episode in his stand-up routine enacted with lego.But cake and death are now to be found in a c...

May 23, 1AM

 SEEKINGAs I begin to get to know my new community, both the people here and the culture and geography and ethos, I look for signs of seeking. I hope to be open to the ways in which, as church, we translate, live out and embrace the gospel, how our w...

May 10, 10AM

Helpful book on ESS edited by Jowers and HouseIn the gender debate in the church one of the ideas that seems to hover away in the background like a kind of menacing presence is the suggestion, whether realised or not, that Jesus is eternally subordinate t...

May 7, 9AM

We are learning about how to shape a vision, how to transform a people to so believe in the potential that they hold within them and from God that they can become transformed and better transform their communities.Simon Sinek believes that we have to chal...

April 20, 2PM

So what must it have been like? Let's look again at this narrative and the faith of John, who runs towards the tomb and the faith of Mary, who runs away from from it. Mary from Magdale (on the shores of the Galilee) is drawn in early darkness to the tomb ...

April 16, 1PM

Come eat with me, it's time to restWith blood and body you'll be blessed.Surround me now and share and speakFor pain is climbing to its peak.For just a while, be still, accept,All your struggling's now inept.Please, jostle not for fame and powerMy life dr...
It's been a strange few days.I haven't yet packed up my house... it's a strange thing - this resignation of control...Faith!They'll move the contents of my old life to the new one.Some of it I will leave behind, metaphorically speaking.The days have been ...

April 13, 10AM

Reflections after readingThe Quantum Leap— From Assistant to Senior Minister, Reflections on Navigating the Jump. I won't be telling you what to do.I read that 'there are many unique characteristics to leadership that can only be properly appreciat...

March 31, 10AM

Rev'd John Richardson who went to join the Lord today March 31st 2014I first encountered John Richardson as I took my angst to the internet. launching a blog in June 2008, One thousand, four hundred and eighty two posts ago.John Richardson quickly became ...

March 27, 5AM

We look today at the Bible in the life of the minister. We begin with Lectio Divina. In this way we are stripped back with no commentaries to hand. After all is the following not a challenge to us all.The Bible shows us people who are governed by the cont...

March 26, 3PM

Tomorrow I have my last training day as a curate and we are being asked about how we engage with the Bible. We have been asked to fill out a questionnaire that was significant in 2009 inspired by Walter Brueggemann's 'Re-describing Reality: What we do whe...

March 15, 2PM

And so here we are in Lent. Some marked the beginning of this season by being themselves marked, with the imposition of ashes. We acknowledge with this symbol that we are finite, frail and dependent. And now we venture into Lent with Jesus and with A...

March 12, 3PM

Twenty years ago today, I was looking forward to leaving my teens behind, somewhat troubling years but probably very average really: boys, homework, fashion fazes, school work, all that usual stuff.I would be twenty in eight months and I knew what I was a...

March 7, 3PM

I saw my name in print today in the Church Times stating simply my move from Assistant Curate, St Peter's Belper to Vicar of All Saints, Ealing, London.I have had a really formative time through Curacy.There is a sofa cushion that my sister-in-law had pri...

February 21, 3PM

I put out a plea for recommendations for Charismatic, female speakers and my phone nearly blows up!... I am particularly looking for speakers who can talk into 'women leading church.'I know - (duh!) - you're probably saying 'Well, what do you mean by chur...

February 16, 4PM

By E SchildertNathan Humphrey makes salient points about the situation across the Anglican communion, he reflects on 'European culture, which focused on the "intensification" of relationships over time in a given place, versus American culture, which...

February 13, 3PM

The A B of C shared his presidential address with General Synod yesterday and it has caused some interesting reactions around the Anglican blogosphere. He sets a context for our debates by fixing our attention, in his opener, on real, bloody conflict in S...

February 11, 12 PM

Picture from BBC newsSee The Telegraph on fast-tracking women to the Episcopate.See the Church of England's press release for a more accurate account. So the Church of England reads from 1 Timothy 2 this morning. This seems to keep happening at key m...

February 10, 2AM

I am reflecting on how we share the message of the love God has for us, in public forums and everyday magazines. Writing here is one thing; a small circle often of the like-minded. Writing for a more general audience throws up different kinds of questions...

February 9, 11AM

Some people put salt on tomatoes, some people put it on chips. I have never heard anyone say, “Ooh, nice salt!” But I have heard people say, “Emmm, nice chips.” The job of salt is not to make you think how great the salt is, but how great th...

February 4, 4AM

Marriage is a hot topic at the moment in the Church of England in the wake of the Pilling Report. The church is to engage in facilitated conversation for two years or more so that it can consider gay marriage. The House of Bishops said on Monday 27th Janu...

January 30, 3AM

It is proving interesting reading responses to the College of Bishops' reflections on the Pilling Report. GAFCON have released their response this morning and they are concerned and cannot 'commend the proposal by the College of Bishops that these ‘faci...

January 25, 12 PM

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Pilgrimage reflection on the power of the Holy SpiritThe House of Peter and Andrew (Home to Jesus in Capernaum)As an adult, Jesus lived in Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. The Bible suggests that Peter's house became Jesus' home (Matthew 8:14–...

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A reflection written on the third day of pilgrimage. Looking about me rather than up to the heavensSomehow there is no time to escape the fleshiness of myself or my fellow companions. We yawn. We tire. We need water. We sleep well. We do not sleep we...

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Perhaps with a Midrashic approach, truth will emerge as the church listens.The interplay of various viewpoints will lead to a deeper understanding. As the church seeks to explore what we mean by covenanted relationship, the first we might pursue would be ...

January 12, 10AM

Soon I go to Israel on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We have a busy itinerary beginning our explorations close to the Old City.On our first full day, we travel to the Mount of Olives from which we will be able to see the Golden Gate, the Dome of the Rock...

January 5, 12 PM

The Telegraph reports today on some experimental changes to baptism liturgy that the Church of England is introducing to help its services to be more 'seeker-friendly.' The actual case is that at its last meeting the House of Bishops agreed that addi...

January 4, 4PM

by [Unnamed] via Revising Reform (#23363)
Time does funny things at this time of the year. Christmas was last year but just a few days ago. We have done church on Wednesday and many times over but many didn't 'church' at all but began preparing in October! Confused? Don't blam...

January 2, 3PM

An interesting discussion is taking place in one of my on-line forums about compatibility and accountability, about harmony and conflict. There really is a very delicate path to be walked when trying to articulate that thing that happens when human beings...

December 27 2013, 4AM

Sara Star's 'The Crowning'Here a crowd stand around Sara Star's 'The Crowning.' This picture conjures in its viewer perhaps that same mixture of embarrassment and curiosity that God's original nativity still causes when its story is told.  We stood a...

December 19, 7AM

This week, Christians for Biblical Equality, an American ThinkTank and Research House, showcase Derek Tidball who is a Baptist minister from Leicester and former principal of the London School of Theology (formerly London Bible College) in 2007.Tidball de...

December 16, 9AM

Click here to book at Derby theatre On Christmas Eve, Watson is up and into his presents - early!! Mum and dad are not best pleased and tell him that everything had better be as they left it, before morning comes. But Watson has opened up 'Horrible H...

December 10, 10AM

The Pilling Report's conclusion is this one:...namely that the Church needs to embark on a process of ‘facilitated conversation’ about sexuality... because the current debate is inconclusive...We need a facilitated conversation to help ...

December 5, 3PM

There are more papers to look at on this question of sexuality than the blogosphere would indicate.Perhaps these papers don't engage with Pilling as directly but they might have been the background reading before the report was written. I know that some p...

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Today we look at Global mission which has in many ways become a discussion regarding how we actually define mission. We are to look at the Five Marks of Mission later in the day. So I return today to this...how do we share the gospel by action and pr...

December 4, 4PM

In the light of blog-obsession with the Pilling Report, I thought I would go back to basics and consider the basics through Jo Ind's 'Memories of Bliss: God, Sex and Us.' She begins almost immediately by exploring how our ideas about sexuality are 'e...

November 21, 3PM

It was really challenging tonight to teach through Ephesians 5:15-33: to cover so much in an hour and a half because these sorts of opportunities aren't always there in the course of day-to-day Parish life. I aimed to pack a lot in, to take a look at two ...

November 20, 9AM

The Church of England’s ruling body voted in favour of proposals which could allow the ordination of women bishops next year. “We’re under way!” said the Bishop of Oxford today. (378 in favour, 8 against and 25 abstentions) View RSS
I reprint parts of an article written by Adrian Jenkins  who describes Gordon Mursell as a God-improver. It gives us a little bit more information about the man who set the auditorium on fire, this morning. Gordon Mursell was only an i...

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The Rt Rev Gordon Mursell talks to us this morning on "Talking about God in the modern world." Gordon has produced a definitive book on spirituality (see Wiki). he begins with such humility about his quest to share with us something of his insights a...

November 19, 5AM

Originator of 'Blue-Labour.' Political theorist. (Blue being the colour of sadness!) Golden rules:ONE: Relationships proceed action. If anything is going to happen then there needs to be meeting between people as opposed to 'meetings' of people. This take...

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Author of Beyond the Good Samaritan Ann was Community development officer for ten years, a role created by Derby diocese circa 1976 - 7.She compares community to an aerosol - the word is sprayed around and it gets used liberally by many. Our society ...

November 18, 4AM

CLICK (info)REFLECTION PART ONE:OVERVIEW:The New Wine Women and Leadership Conference happened from the 14th to the 16th of November.Four streams resourced Women who are organisational leaders, Women who are married to a church leader, Pioneering wom...

November 14, 3AM

Rachel Hickson's husband, Gordon, changed his mind about women leading and preaching.  There has been some work done on trends at Christian conferences, regarding speakers in the main meeting places and the subjects covered.  It is interesting...

November 13, 3PM

I crave connection and my love language is probably 'conversation' - conversation with anyone really and God and again anyone who will turn-take their stories with me. I have sometimes been misunderstood for social networking. I remember a fellow priest...

October 26, 4AM

Well, I can give you twelve reasons said the local curate of the East Midlands town: 1. The Zumba teacher never came to visit us, even when one of us twisted an ankle.2. Every time I went, they asked us for money.3. The people dancing next to us didn’...

October 24, 11AM

Mike Ovey talks about the cheap grace: the gospel that is told with its story of metanoia no where to be found (that sense of turning around, transformation, repentance). He speaks of the "Acid test" that the Western church fails as it rues those things ...

October 21, 3PM

In February 2013, we heard about potential changes to the Brownie/Guide promise and Sheila Bember their faith advisor said this:  "Girlguiding UK has always been an organisation that has held the spiritual development of girls at the heart of its act...

October 9, 2PM

I was explaining today at a prayer meeting, bless 'em for listening, poor folks...how church needs to engage again with the sacred and the spiritual and that how sometimes the low Evangelical churches can, without engaging the sacred or the spiritual, rea...

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"Never Call Them Jerks" - A reflection on a book by the Alban Institute Arthur Paul Boers' Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior (The Alban Institute, 1999) is 135 pages of invaluable stuff!!  In the first chapter Naming, Bl...

September 24, 8AM

Today's culture affirms freedom of choice and our human rights and the Church is to be driven by our responsibilities to each other and to God. Where do these two foci coincide and over what issues do they part company? I wonder whether the Church under...

September 13, 3PM

I like John Piper here in his humility and openness, in his desire for this gift but also in the emphasis he places upon it. I think some of the language of 'ecstatic' is a bit exaggerated because I think it becomes a part of a developed prayer life when ...

September 4, 3AM

I have always been interested in our models of the cross and what we say happened there because it's so crucial (pardon the pun). The bible itself speaks of how it seems 'foolish' and is a 'stumbling block.' There have to be ways of explaining what happe...

September 2, 2PM

To what extent then, can a coherent defense be made of penal substitution, I wonder. Substitution captures "a putting in place of another" (Dictionary of Etymology). Paul testifies to the substitutionary nature of the atonement in Galatians (2:20, 3:13) ...

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I pick up my load, wipe the dust from my feet,Watch an eagle hover over fields of wheat. I set out on the path up this Calvary hill,My burdens are heavy but I seek the Lord's will.I breathe in the Spirit who strengthens each strideI climb in half-li...

August 13, 1PM

Down the mountain In the preparation you undergo for speaking on the scriptures, comes challenge of some of the tendencies that you have developed or fallen into as a person and so you find yourself being addressed by God first and sometimes in painful...

July 22, 2PM

Many of us are feeling a bit gutted that NEW WINE, Newark will run for the last time this year but I think we probably have to remain rooted in Christ, to realise that it is all going to be okay.  We're happy aren't we, when we face troubles becaus...

July 3, 1PM

Luke 7:36-50 Invited to dinner perhaps to debate theology, perhaps to be caught out, perhaps because they wanted him to prove himself, Jesus reclines at table with Simon and other religious leaders of the day. Have you ever been invited to a function li...

June 17, 3AM

Dr Luke shows us how Jesus asks us to become like little children so that we might inherit the kingdom of God.  St Paul describes Jesus emptying himself of God-power and the gospels do indeed reveal a Jesus who grew tired like we do, hungry as we ...

June 4, 2PM

Hubby and wife on a night out Belper Street Angels I rarely write everyday life stuff but if I don't, I could forget. It has occurred to me, recently, that due to a tendency to live in the present moment, in often what is a rather over-zealous way, t...

May 17, 3PM

BECOME sensing people, and savour the rich imagery of this powerful prayer. Go back to the Day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts, and mingle with the crowd. Relive the experience of those original apostles on the day when the Holy Spirit was outpoured ...

May 13, 10AM

I want to talk to you about getting our eyes fixed and understanding our vision. Many of you will relate to what I am saying if your view was suddenly blocked on Friday by the billowing smoke that blew across our very town from a blaze that erup...

May 7, 1PM

A few weeks ago whilst I watched a renewal of wedding vows, I was struck by a promise two people made to make home a 'haven.' I have long been fascinated by the gospel's sense of home and the Saints' insistence that 'home' is not an easy place to find, un...

April 17, 3PM

It is interesting to read coverage by Sue Steiner today in the Guardian newspaper about the nurse who has explored the regrets that we are capable of articulating at the end of our lives.  Bronnie Ware, Australian palliative care nurse has wri...

April 14, 10AM

...and so Baroness Thatcher has died. There have been mixed reactions. The Queen was saddened. Ed Milliband avoided political comment and gave his sympathies to her family. One Scottish political activist partied to celebrate because his communi...

February 16, 2AM

This Ash Wednesday may we so grasp our mortality that we work for the inbreaking of God's Kingdom now.  This Ash Wednesday, as we contemplate that it is to dust that we return, may we also hunger for the end of Lent resurrection and the promise...

January 31, 10AM

1 Corinthians 11 Sacra Pagina Raymond F Collins ...and so you could deliver it like this....maybe ? View RSS

January 28, 2AM

In John 21, the disciples have caught nothing. All night long they have been fishing the lake to no avail. Their nets are empty, they must be exhausted. No doubt, they have a remit to fulfil. They are required to deliver their catch to the markets s...

January 26, 11AM

J. Zink considers ‘Anglocostalism’ in Nigeria: Neo-Pentecostalism and Obstacles to Anglican Unity.' J. Zink, missionary and writer, looks at the religious environment in Nigeria and how it has deterred them from conversation with the rest of t...

January 25, 4AM

Richard Beck, in his blog, tackles the idea of doctrinal dependence, where it becomes the fixer of anything that might be considered otherwise, only wayward emotion. He says: The orthodox alexithymics will emphasize the view of the Greeks: reason mu...

January 19, 10AM

I love getting my womenpriests.org updates. It resonates, as I am sure it does for many Anglican ordained women, as it probably resonates for many who have felt so on fire for something right and good but seen it frustrated. Womenpriests.org explains its...

December 26 2012, 3PM

JOY 2012 Christmas This year, Christ's arrival into the world is described by Luke, that master story-teller of sequels where we get to write the trilogy through our actions in the World. Luke's story of our Saviour is in two parts and Luke's se...

December 21, 1PM

December 16, 12 PM

...nearly made it to the checkout! ... at the concert ... in the grocery queue ... after a Wedding ... paying for petrol ...I can't go anywhere without being asked what I think about women and gay people... I am sure that there are a few of us hav...

December 3, 10AM

Does hierarchy in one area logically imply hierarchy in another? Does a hierarchy of function not point to a hierarchy of being? How can an eternally necessary functional hierarchy be compatible with ontological equality between the members...

November 30, 11AM

This is what I was looking at three years ago, when I had time to study. Much of it is relevant to where we find ourselves today. Perhaps I would now express it all in a bit more of a nuanced way. I find a home with my my conservative evangelical bro...

November 25, 3PM

Thoughts on Women in the Episcopate  Women in Christian servant-leadership, with a look at Rev Angus Macleay's summation speech from General Synod on Tuesday November 20th 2012. (Black type – Rev Macleay's speech, Red – my thoughts) Primari...

November 8, 9AM

Picture from Bishop to hold meeting at Angel of the North by Neil McKay, The Journal Read More  I, for one, am excited at the prospect of the appointment of Justin Welby. I need to read around but know that he believes in the...

October 16, 2PM

Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre Parish Vacancy View RSS

October 8, 2AM

I love this. People who support the use of the internet and blogging as a calling, as something that can be used for good. This guy explains the random acts of kindness that make the internet work. 'more human with each other' 'an act of kindness' 'be...

September 17, 2PM

...time to study again. ...and I wonder what we can do academically with internet research and reflection when working towards a formal qualification. I hope to write something on 1 Tim 2:11-15 - comparing interpretations from an evangelical perspective ...

September 13, 1PM

It's that time of year. Go and discover more about what really matters. Go to source. Discover and learn together. Explore and question. Eat and wonder. Encounter the realness of faith and how Jesus is waiting to encounter you. ALPHA BELPER Starts 20th...

September 6, 7AM

A Franciscan Blessing May God bless you with discomfort,At easy answers, half-truths,And superficial relationshipsSo that you may liveDeep within your heart.May God bless you with angerAt injustice, oppression,And exploitation of people,So that you may...

September 5, 7AM

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September 3, 5AM

I am experimenting with trying to put things a bit differently..less of the usual exegesis and a bit more testimony in Sunday sermons. In some ways our congregations have us trying all sorts of approaches with them in the first few years of preaching,...