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  • Looking in the Mirror

    I have not had a haircut since last November and so my hair is really rather wild and unruly. So much so that recently as I was taking my prescribed essential daily perambulation I caught sight of a wild looking...

  • Forgiveness isn't easy

    "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. When you fast, do not look...

  • We are Translations

    Anyone who has ever travelled or learned a language knows that translating something from one language to another is not always straightforward; sometimes leading to humour, misunderstanding, or possibly even a new insight as unfamiliar words force us to think...

  • Lord, to whom shall we go?

    "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." So said Peter, to Jesus, after the disciples had listened to a tense discussion between Jesus and other Jews - onlookers, critics and aspiring disciples. Peter’s conclusion...

  • Three Paradoxes Resolved by Love

    This week I’d like to think a bit about the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee.  This parable is read in many churches around the beginning of Lent.  It’s a great parable and I think it puts before us...

  • Experience & Knowledge

    My Christian heritage is one which values knowledge. This is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Much of the modern-church is very experiential. Much of the traditional main-line church is very cerebral. It is my contention that we...

  • Ash Wednesday

    Lent begins on Wednesday 17th February this year.  The Chaplaincy will be holding a service for Ash Wednesday on zoom at 12.15.  The details for joining are here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84511628990?pwd=eFE4ck8vemhPQXgyNFA1RThjMTBaQT09 Meeting ID: 845 1162 8990 Passcode: 130559 The English word for...

  • Why?

    It is not surprising that people ask ‘why’ when times are hard.  Asking God ‘why’ has a long tradition and in fact the word ‘why’ appears 488 times in the Bible, including lots of times in the book of Job...

  • Prisoner for the Lord

    As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond...

  • Finding Hope

    I was out doing my socially-distanced, family bubble, once a day, local, exercise as approved by HM Government when I saw a heartening sight. On a very cold, murky day, in the middle of winter I saw a drift of...