When I needed a neighbour were you there?

20 01 2015

When I needed a neighbour were you there? A line from a hymn I knew as a young child sang in school assemblies now acts as a reminder of the call of Jesus on our lives. My friend Rob responded to a blog on facebook, and his review prompted me to write this blog. The point the original writer alludes to, and which my good friend Rob Farnes pick up on is how do we make a difference with our plenty for those with little. There is a joke that goes like this… A man gets to sit down with God and ask a question…” Lord, why do you allow all the famine and hurt to go on in the world when you have the power to make a difference. God smiles and says, I don’t believe it….that was the same question I was going to ask you!” When we think of God as a fairy in the sky granting our wish list, I mean “prayer list” we suspend disbelief in what he asks us to do. We should be writing our own book of Acts as we feed the poor, release the oppressed, look after the orphan and widow…but they are just not as sexy as enjoying church life and worship but those things overlook our living sacrifice…our spiritual act of worship..our sacred sacrifice.





Inclusion – Part 1 – The Milieu

5 01 2015

When we consider the word and the principle of “inclusion” and its derivatives, we naturally assume (rightly or wrongly) that we demonstrate this in ourselves, our churches and in our lives. And to varying degrees that may well be true. This blog is not intended to be iconoclastic, but rather is designed to include you, the reader in a higher/better/different way of thinking, and more importantly, a different way of being… a way of being inclusive.  Read the rest of this entry »





Embodied spirituality

12 04 2013

Spending the Easter weekend with friends just outside Taunton, enabled me not only to take a physical rest (all really appreciated!) but facilitated a time of reflection, and a moment of epiphany that has inspired this brief reflection.

We shared a wonderful time dotting between services held in churches of several persuasions including Anglican, Catholic and Metropolitan Community Churches. And there were some really golden moments which are salient to mention here. Read the rest of this entry »





Evolution

19 02 2012

Well, sometimes we Christians like being bemused by evolution…this time by the evolution of telephones. Hands up if this does not make you feel old!





Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

2 05 2011

Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead. Although we won’t necessarily be singing this particular song, there are already reports of revelry at the news about the death of Bin Laden. Yet, I suppose many have received the breaking news of the death with mixed feelings. Read the rest of this entry »





More tea Vicar?

7 04 2011

Here is an interesting newletter on Christian views of sexuality from my Baptist background. I’ve found many things still in need of enlightenment…but this is a good step in the right direction from the church. We often overlook the fact that LGBT folk are often very spiritual because of their journey rather than despite it, and while organised religion isn’t the way for all, many miss it but don’t feel they can continue to allow themselves to be moths around the flame. My aim as a trainee vicar is to oversee a revival in the LGBT community rather than respond to “more tea vicar?”





Faith and Spirituality

13 03 2011

As a trainee-vicar and a scientist by day job, I am always aghast at how much of a corner some folk will paint themselves into to defend a position contra munda, which they have inherited from the modernist period when Christianity was on the defence trying to defend its antiquarian beliefs. None of which is about faith and spirituality…doctrine is a bad box to lock yourself in and be submerged in poorly connected arguement. You will surely drown. Read the rest of this entry »