The Baptism of Christ: Second Sunday of Epiphany

Sunday 13 January 2019

I have just been reading a book called The Character of Virtue that I received for Christmas. It is a book of letters that the American theologian Stanley Hauerwas wrote to his Godson Laurence Bailey Wells. When Lawrence was born Sam Wells asked Stanley to be Lawrence’s Godfather. At that time they were living on other sides of the world.

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Epiphany Carols

Sunday 6 January 2019

I’d gone to one of the best social enterprises in the city. It was widely known. I’d used it as a customer: they did a nice line in house removals and lawn care; and were a good source of picture frames. It was a great place to take students on my ethics and social engagement course: they could accommodate a lot of students at one go, tolerate their questions, and make their community open to scrutiny and enquiry.

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Epiphany Sunday

Sunday 6 January 2019

The poet Mary Oliver’s ‘Instructions for living a life’ from her poem Sometimes, will, I think, help to shape our reflections about this feast of the Epiphany which we celebrate today.  In a line from that poem, she says: “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

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First Sunday of Christmas

Sunday 30 December 2018

Christmas is a time when you often notice how much people have grown. Like my nephew who seems to have grown a foot since I last saw him only a few months ago, or like my niece who I can remember so clearly holding as a baby and now is almost 18.

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Christmas Day

Tuesday 25 December 2018

The Christmas story in Luke’s gospel comes in two parts. The first part tells us what’s wrong with the world.

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Midnight Mass

Tuesday 25 December 2018

Tonight God gives us his word. God says, ’Trust me. I am showing you the deepest truth at the heart of your life. I am giving you the most precious gift in the world.’

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Christmas Eve

Monday 24 December 2018

From an early age almost all of us have a craving for attention. A young child will sit at the top of the slide and say ‘Look at me!’ insistently before settling for the secondary pleasure of actually descending to the bottom.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday 23 December 2018

There’s two problems with the Christian story, from the point of view of its detractors, yet just as much in the minds of the many who do believe, but still doubt.

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The Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday 16 December 2018

Yesterday in this church we held the service for those bereaved by homicide. To prepare for this service I read a BBC report entitled London Homicides, the Victims of 2018. The report lists those killed through murder or manslaughter in the last year in London alone, and in many gives photos of those killed

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