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
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
I recently bought an Advent Calendar with a difference. It looks like the image below. Each day of December, you take out a new piece and slot it into its numbered place on the oval base. 1 December: a palm tree 2 December: another palm tree 3 December: a donkey … 17 December: an Angel
Arrival – American science fiction film Director: Denis Villeneuve Writer: Eric Heisserer Based on: “Story of Your Life”; short story by Ted Chiang Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Tzi Ma. Trust me on two things: 1) Go and see this film 2) Go, knowing as little as possible. Don’t even
Let us pray (in silence) [that we long for the advent of Christ] Pause Almighty God, [or God of hope or God of justice and peace] give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in the which
Anybody who has been following this website for some time knows my interest (read obsession) with Carthusians, and how we might learn from them, and live some of what they focus on – but outside cloister walls. Hugh of Lincoln (1135/40 – 16 November 1200), a Carthusian who went on to live the busy life
I was recently sent a hymn for the Feast of Mary Magdalene with permission to share this on this site. The lyrics are by Lucy Nanson. The suggested tune is an arrangement by Betty Pulkingham of a Ghana folk song. The lyrics of Lucy Nanson’s hymn are here. The Saint Helena Breviary also has a
I was ordained a priest by Bishop David Coles in Christchurch Cathedral on 27 November 1991. On Advent Sunday (27 November 2016), twenty-five years on, I am grateful that the local parish, St Michael and All Angels, has invited me to preside and preach at the 10am Solemn Mass. [You are, of course, very welcome.