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  • A Road Map to Love

    As a Presbyterian I have always had a very great respect for the Bible. The way in which the Bible is treated in worship reflects this. It is usually processed in and out of the sanctuary whilst the congregation stands....

  • Light in the Darkness

    During the pandemic visitors to Wells Cathedral have been met with the breath-taking sight of a vast empty space (all the chairs had been taken away) in the middle of which was one single candle – the Easter candle.  It...

  • Momentum

    Despite everything, I am still managing to more-or-less run a 5k every Saturday morning.  In case you are impressed, I should clarify that ‘run’ may be an exaggeration.  Whether a symptom of long Covid or middle age, my average time...

  • Christ the King

    This week, the week before Advent, is the week in the church’s year of Christ the King. I once heard a priest proclaim, at the end of a communion service in the chapel at Lambeth Palace - just across the...

  • Reflection on Remembrance  

    Yesterday, I was on the fifth floor of the library, outside, looking down from the balcony to the parade. Rosie Aston, Chaplaincy Assistant and Theo Edwards, third year student, were with me. We were leading a livestreamed event for Armistice...

  • Stay Positive

    It is good to be with you. I’ll be honest, life is tough isn’t it. We help each other keep going, but there is a continuing barrage of changing news, and the future is uncertain.  And this week there is...

  • Rest, Restore... Return

    Pat and I have recently been away – our first holiday this year. We went to Beauly, North Scotland, via Glencoe, Fort William, the Glenfinnan monument and viaduct (a famous train journey) and Mallaig. Great views across the sea, to...

  • God's Footprints

    Two people were travelling through the desert.  One would stop to pray five times a day, spreading his prayer mat on the burning sand.  The two got on well together and one evening, the one who never prayed, after the...

  • The Benefits of Gratitude

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 The problem with the so-called tension between science and religion is that science and religion are usually engaged in quite different narratives, so in fact are not in competition with each...

  • God Forgives

    I love hearing accounts of faith experiences.  Sometimes they are formalised by the title “testimony”. Some are long stories, and some are moments of miracle. Some are truly extraordinary – so much so that the human in us says (even subconsciously) “Mmm...