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  • Receive Love. Give Love. Repeat

    I recently came across a US church that had three short sentences as its motto: ‘Receive love.  Give love.  Repeat.’ That might seem too simple for some of us, or maybe not specific enough to express the depths of our faith....

  • Radical Love

    Pentecost tells us of the radical reach of God’s love. As we start this era in the Church’s year called ‘ordinary time’, it is good to be reminded of this. And this year more than ever. Some of you are...

  • Do You Want to be Healed?

    In the story of the healing of the paralyzed man at the pool at Bethesda, (John 5: 1 – 15),  we hear Jesus ask a strange question: “Do you want to be healed?” This is certainly not the only time...

  • The Right Kind of Spirit

    I am sure you have heard the expression ‘it’s only the drink talking’ but I have had a very different experience. I have discovered messages from beer bottles. It started when I spotted a sign in the supermarket (in days...

  • Pants in the Kitchen

    Last week I was really looking forward to having some guests round for afternoon tea in my garden.  Beforehand, I was feeling like my hospitality was a bit rusty, because of the last year, and so I probably over-planned; making...

  • Embracing Difference - Six Principles

    I am preparing to help facilitate a consultation, to progress a dialogue of care between people who have a different view on things. As a chaplaincy this is important. Chaplains operate alongside people outside church – using the word “church”...

  • Breakfast in Bed?

    This morning whilst touching base with my fans on Facebook (joke!) an advert popped up. It was an advert exhorting me to order “McDonald’s Breakfast In Bed”. I must admit that just for a brief moment I was enticed. Then...

  • Easter Season: Journeying with Peter and the Disciples III

    …and the excitement has continued! Jesus has been popping up here and there, meeting and encouraging. The disciples must have had a sense of renewed hope, though still uncertainty. Where were they going to go next? Where would he send...

  • Easter week: Journeying with Peter and the Disciples II

    Well, what a week! We’re back with the disciples after one of the most amazing weeks of their lives… In the middle of the night last Thursday we had seen Jesus betrayed by Judas. Never did quite click with him...

  • Passion Week: Journeying with Peter and the Disciples I

    This is the first of three blogs to help us as we go through this season of Good Friday and Easter. This week reminds us again of the story for our salvation. Easter Day on its own – certainly a...