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A Brief History of Advent

Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

Advent is a little late on the scene. The Council of Saragossa (Spain, 380AD) is the first reference to a preparatory period before celebrating the Incarnation. Fasting and daily church going was required from December 17 until Epiphany (Theophany, January 6th - the celebration of the Incarnation in those days in that and other regions). Then, ...

Online Mission and Ministry


My e-friend, Fr Scott Gunn, recently reflected on there being no talking “about websites at the Evangelism Matters conference”. He was struggling to find service times at a nearby church. [All the discussion that follows there is worth a read – and joining in, of course]. Anyone who has been in the community around this… Continue Reading

Resources – Advent 3


Please note: the popularity of this site is such that it is under significant cyber attack (about half a million hits a month). This means the website is down from time to time (your own computer is, of course, not affected). Please be patient – there is an attempt to stabilise the site more. Thank… Continue Reading

Talk on the Eucharist

Jesus Mafa Last Supper

Pray – Eat – Love Here is the audio file of Reflections on the Mass (Eucharist, Holy Communion) that I presented at St Michael and All Angels as part of a study series earlier this year. After the introduction by the Parish Priest, Fr Andrew Starky, the talk is about 25 minutes long: The outline… Continue Reading

Advent Celebration and Sermon

Advent Sunday

On Sunday it was the 25th anniversary of my ordination as priest, and the local parish, St Michael and All Angels, invited me to preside and preach. The Priest in Charge (Canon Craufurd Murray – the vicar is away on Study Leave) was the one who presented me 25 years ago, and was my training… Continue Reading

Church Growth Through Biblical Literalism?


A recent article in The Guardian (do read the whole article if you like) concludes, Churches that are theologically conservative with beliefs based on a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster than those with a liberal orientation, according to a five-year academic study. Let me put some points in dialogue with this realisation: To… Continue Reading

Resources – Advent 2

Advent 2

Slow Advent (join): As Slow Food is to Fast Food – so Slow Advent is to most people’s Fast “Season of Advent”. You can add your own ideas for celebrating a slow Advent at that link. Let us pray (in silence) [that our way is prepared for God’s swift coming] Stir up your power, O… Continue Reading

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