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Worship and Wellbeing

Worship and Wellbeing

Recently, I read an article by Dr Tom Mulholland about the improvement to human wellbeing through music Turns out there is a body of research and neurological explanations to underline why great music makes us feel great. It’s do with rhythm and vibration and neural connection and the chemicals that are released. I had brought… Continue Reading

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Michael Perham RIP

Michael Perham RIP

I want to acknowledge Bishop Michael Perham whose funeral was on Saturday. He died aged 69 last month after a battle with cancer. He was a liturgical scholar and a longtime member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission. He played a very significant part in the production of the CofE’s Common Worship rites. He… Continue Reading

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Busking and Worship

Busking and Worship

We are in the middle of The World Buskers Festival. I have written previously about busking as a model for worship – particularly for leading worship. So this post has a throwback-Thursday component. I want to add to previous reflections a new thought. Busking is essentially street theatre – gathering a spontaneous crowd. I think… Continue Reading

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The Day Church Singing Stopped

The Day Church Singing Stopped

Church services have shifted from being the Body of Christ worshipping God to being primarily focused on evangelising the unchurched. With this shift, congregational prayers, affirmations, responses, and, singing were replaced with the “worship”-preaching-worship format. The music shifted to primarily being intended to create an emotional response. So, in summary, begins the hard-hitting post by… Continue Reading

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Worship in a Violent World

Worship in a Violent World

As we reflect on the atrocities in Beirut and Paris and elsewhere, James Alison’s talk on Worship in a Violent World is worth a careful read and reflection. I have a passion for apophatic spirituality, and so I was taken with his starting quote from the Fourth Lateran Council (1215): Between Creator and creature no… Continue Reading

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Con Temporary

Con Temporary

I use the word “contemporary” as much as, or more than, the next person. In fact I use “contemporary” when some use “modern” because, naysayers notwithstanding, I think much of our contemporary world is more “post-modern” than “modern”. Sometimes I joke that some contemporary artists, on their deathbed, will go, “ha, ha – gotcha!” [We’ve… Continue Reading

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Conversation with Phillip Tovey

Conversation with Phillip Tovey

I was delighted to meet Rev. Dr. Phillip Tovey and welcome him to my place for a meal. The conversation roved from India to Africa, the UK, USA, NZ, with much laughter and some deep reflection. We kept discovering bizarre connections – a monastic community we both knew, an important point we were both firmly… Continue Reading

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