Being One Body, Sharing One Bread – Thoughts on Corpus Christi

There are a lot of metaphors about the body in the gospels and in St Paul’s letters. It’s actually a really helpful way to think about things. A body is one cohesive unit (or it’s meant to be!), held together with an outer covering of skin. But within that, there’s bone and muscle and tendon […]

the dance of the Trinity

Exploring the concept of the Trinity is one of the hardest parts of the Christian faith. Some theologians have even joked that if you think you get it, you clearly don’t! But this complete conundrum is also central to our faith. Richard Rohr points out that “Trinitarian revelation says start with the loving – and […]

Pentecost – the fiftieth day

Nobody likes waiting. Not any more. We used to be able to wait with equanimity, but our patience levels seem to reduce each year. Modern technology has brought wonderful and incredible advances and abilities that previous generations only dreamed of. But there are also flip sides – and one of those appears to be an […]

a reflection for Ascension Day

This was the Ascension – themed sermon I gave on the 7th Sunday of Easter season, a couple of days after Ascension Day… On Ascension Day, I wrote a blog piece reflecting on which way is up. And I was talking about the fact that the answer to that depends on your view of the […]

the meaning of life – which way is Up?

Which way is up? Well, the answer to that depends on your view of the world! The ancients had a cosmology (universe / world view) that had a flat earth in the middle and heaven (the residence of the gods) as Up, somewhere beyond the stars. And the early Christians pretty much took on that […]

“Seek first the Kingdom of God” – Prayer and Possibility

So much has happened this week. We are in the now-and-not-yet all over again. Lockdown is easing – but is it? Is it safe to do so? How do we feel about it? I attended a church leadership webinar recently in which we talked about the short, medium and long term plans and approaches for […]

recognising and resting in God

Last week I wrote about seeing God in the small things and the small blessings in our daily lives – those little things that are making the present challenge bearable. It seems there is a strange paradox going on at present. This morning, I saw a headline in the daily CofE media digest that took […]

little things with great love

This Easter must be one of the strangest any of us have experienced. Even for those of us who have no Christian faith, Easter is a time for gathering with our family, for resting, and for taking a break to celebrate Spring and all its beauties. For those of us who are Christian, this is […]

the journey begins…

And so the journey of Holy Week begins. It is the ultimate rollercoaster, spiritually and emotionally. This year, it will have an even deeper meaning for so many people, given that our church buildings are shut and we cannot gather together in prayer or worship, except in virtual online communities.  Today is Palm Sunday, and […]