The Ninth Sunday after Trinity
‘Boris Johnson must peddle Brexit optimism “as if he were a steroid-boosted cyclist trying to win the Tour de France” between now and October 31, key Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has argued’. ‘Johnson’s promise to prove “the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters” wrong, and his claim that “no one in the last few centuries has succeeded in betting against the pluck and nerve and ambition of this country”, is in exactly that vein’.
The Eighth Sunday after Trinity
Last week I took my nephew to see the production of Jesus Christ Superstar which is playing at the Barbican. It’s a great revamped production and the music, set and dancing feel fresh, dramatic and alive.
The Seventh Sunday after Trinity
It was a nerve-wracking thing bringing Fiona back to meet my parents. They’re quite conservative so this was the first time I’d brought anyone back to meet them. Would it be awkward? Would they cope?
The Sixth Sunday after Trinity
It’s rumoured that as David Cameron cleared his office at Number Ten Downing Street he left on his desk for his successor three envelopes, with a note to say, ‘Open one of these when you get into trouble.’
The Fourth Sunday after Trinity
I want to tell you about three conversations I’ve had recently that I’ve come to believe all add up to something. The first was with a person who’d been coming to St Martin’s for a while. She said, ‘Why don’t we talk more about the Holy Spirit?’
The Third Sunday after Trinity
All the way through the Gospels one of Jesus’ constant refrains is “Do not be afraid.”
These words seem to be directly addressed to our times. For while we live in a nation of relative wealth and plenty, we also live in a time it seems of anxiety and fear.
Freedom and Equality
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they’re endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ Those words were agreed on the 4th of July, 1776 in the Declaration of Independence. Americans have spent the last 243 years debating what they mean.
The Second Sunday after Trinity
The world is captivated by freedom; and never more so than when that freedom seems in jeopardy. Three years ago Donald Trump claimed the American presidency by telling a story that American ‘greatness’ had been stolen by politically correct élites and racial, ethnic and religious others. The same year the Brexit campaign won the day by lamenting that British sovereignty had been stolen by European bureaucrats and manipulated by profiteering citizens of nowhere.