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November 4 2017, 8AM

Do join us tomorrow for a special time with guest speaker Ann Clifford. We will share time together looking at the mysteries of life and death and thanking God for those we love and have loved.Excerpts from Ann’s book:When I gaze at myself in the mirror...

September 25, 10AM

We have to remember something about Matthew, ex-tax collector as he was, he knew a thing or two about money. His gospel reflects this: hidden treasure, a pearl, and last week we were shocked by a debtor cleared of millions who was just beastly to some one...

June 27 2016, 3PM

VulnerabilityJack is three and came to my house last weekend for baptism prep. He brought mum and dad and a sister and brother. He also brought cake!Mum and Jack explored with me their journey to the 'big cake bake,' the dessert they provided for after ou...

May 12, 6AM

The day when the Church of England takes down an advert advertising for a Young Vocations Adviser from any belief background, Willesden clergy, on Inset, listen to Jane Williams on vocations. Surely, a Vocations Officer for Christian Vocations needs to be...

May 9, 9AM

I don't know which operating system you run on, and yes, perhaps I mean that technologically and metaphorically but Henryk and I are not Windows people or Applemac people, we are Ubuntu people. There is a community of people who write software just f...

April 14, 4AM

Acts 8.1b-8That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging...

April 5, 3PM

John 3.16-21 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might...

February 22, 4AM

We have that curious reading in Genesis 15; animals feature across our scriptures. Animals cut in half in the Old Testament... and foxes and hens in the new. What's going on?Abram in the Old Testament has a unique encounter with God which establishes...

January 17, 11AM

I preach this sermon today after hearing the scriptures afresh this morning and so beautifully read, caught up again by the imagery in Isaiah of the Bridegroom and his Bride. I can not help but explore John's Gospel and that Wedding at Cana, in the light ...

December 3 2015, 1PM

Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist, has released her latest book, Out of Sorts. I had the great privilege of putting some questions to her. Please find the interview below. Order her book: poignant and timely, a very real wrestle with questions of lif...

November 30, 4PM

Rachel Royster artistI am struggling lately to walk two dogs quickly enough through the allotments for the school run because figs have fallen from overhanging trees there and puppies think pudding is being served and will not walk on. One of the ancient ...

November 21, 4PM

We read in The Observer that there are likely to be divisions over the value system behind a radical programme to make the Church of England “fit for purpose.” Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church, Oxford, is one of the loudest critics of the Refor...

November 3, 1PM

Jesus came to "unbind" us, like he does Lazarus, in that Jesus came to release us into believing by faith the Christian promise that life really does come from death. Life comes from death - we remember today those who have gone before us, this All Saints...

October 17, 12 PM

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God an...

September 29, 1PM

Mark 9.38-50John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon af...

September 23, 2AM

Collect for Wednesday 23rd September, 2015O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to ...

September 22, 9AM

These conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? James 4:1aBut they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another... Mark 9:34 Friday just gone, the 17th September, students across our country began their university educatio...

September 14, 12 PM

Words are very powerful. The first words we speak are celebrated. The latest words spoken we can regret. What was likely your first word?What was likely your worst? What we say with our mouths is more powerful than what we do with our hands. A small tongu...

July 23, 3AM

Women and the Church have released the test of the sermon preached at the Consecrations of Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester and Sarah Mulally, Bishop of Crediton on 22 July 2015:Mary Magdalene:When Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code, he was not th...

July 16, 7AM

One of the surprising things about coming to London has been the price of Real Estate as my Canadian uncle would put it. We own a caravan and on the basis of its square footage, if we were to park it in central London and Mayfair moreover our caravan's 14...

June 30, 5AM

Jesus' ministry challenges us to reach out and never give up. We are to reach out to this Jesus who has revealed himself to us. We are to start out to meet him only to find him completely turned to us. It was always about God's grace, remember, God b...

June 25, 7AM

Do you think that the disciples were more frightened before or after the stilling of the storm? Which is more challenging – accepting your own demise, that the water might fill the boat or that you'll be saved and plunged into an entirely new way o...

June 11, 3AM

A bit of theology.....There has been a real emphasis of late on The Green Report in the Church of England. The book Towards the Theology of Church Growth was launched this week by David Goodhew and Graham Tomlin at St Mellitus, London and i...

June 2, 2PM

Revd Andrew Corsie leads us on 'Reinventing Leadership.'We consider the thesis of Edwin H Friedman (1932-1996).Friedman supervised professional people and was a family therapist, advisor and Rabbi. He wrote 'Generation to Generation.' His books explore Fa...

May 16, 3PM

I have begun to read a book, prompted by my Fulcrum friend Ephraim Radner's blog review. This book is helping me to explore further my pet worst heresy: Gnostic dualism between body and soul.I have only read the beginning of this book, I am after 'time,' ...

May 5, 3PM

For God to speak is for God freely to “come into existence...”Oliver  Davies, in THE SIGN REDEEMED: A STUDY IN CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTAL SEMIOTICS (Modern Theology 19:2 April 20030) explains the overlap between the disciplines of theology & Semio...

April 21, 2PM

Canon Dr Christina Baxter CBEFormer Principal of St John’s Theological College, NottinghamFormer Chair of the Church of England’s General Synod’s House of Laity. She has been a Reader and lay canon of Southwell.Biography here. Canon Dr Chr...

April 18, 3AM

The Revd Dr Alister McGrath, Professor at Oxford University, and an Associate Priest, offers a reflection this weekend on the proposed changes to theological training and formation for ministry. I chaired the Fulcrum Pivot^Point Thursday just go...

April 16, 2AM

Are we drinking in the last chance saloon? Is the ship about to sink?Growing God's Kingdom through Reform & Renewal in the Church of England.Thursday 16th April 2015, 6pm for 6.30 start, finishing at 8pm.Tickets are free; there will be refreshmen...

April 4, 6AM

"Let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and dung it. If it bears fruit next year well and good but if not you can cut it down"I was recently in one of the parish churches of the Two Cities Area which has endured some turbulent times. It was ...

March 23, 4PM

Biblical hermeneuticsRegarding same-sex-sexual practice, where there was once thought to be only one trajectory – its prohibition and therefore scripture itself had to be quietened for those pro Same-Sex-Marriage, revisionists are now arguing that the B...

March 16, 4PM

There are certain things in life that are just supposed to betogether: strawberries and cream, salt and vinegar, Adam and Eve, ….a bride and a bridegroom later today in a wedding celebratedhere, Christ and his church, and we pray: heaven and earth every...

March 4, 8AM

It is important as Christians to contest for the Scriptures even when they seem politically incorrect. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled is to convince the world he doesn't exist said French poet Baudelaire. It would seem that some Anglican priests...

February 26, 6AM

I was interviewed on UCB radio this morning (United Christian Broadcasting) about the difference between meekness and weakness.I challenged that sense of our being 'nice.'Here's my 7 minutes (Click UCB logo): View RSS

February 19, 4PM

Doug Pagitt writes his 10 things I wish everyone knew about Progressive Evangelicals but with something of an 'over the pond' flavour and so I wonder what his ten might look like for UK progressives.We are often members of a range of networks and are only...

February 15, 2PM

Christian Today runs the story of those potential changes to the baptism liturgy for the Church of England that I have reflected upon before. This week (February 2015) the debate went to General Synod and discussion ensued regarding whether reference...

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February 14, 1PM

As Robert Walsh explores 'Anyone in a romantic relationship on Valentine’s Day is aware of the pitfalls surrounding it.'Romantic love will always be something that the Church handles carefully, perhaps in part because of St Valentine.The Marriage p...

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I went through a phase a few years ago for a while of finding myself humming a particular theme-tune: the one to "Mission Impossible" and I started to think about why at certain times such a tune was popping into my head. It began to become evident that i...

February 6, 12 PM

I engaged with a lecture the other day in what I realise was an appropriate setting. I listened to this lecture whilst waiting for my girls to come out of their drama class.At the heart of the lecture there is an exploration of the hypocrisy upon whi...

January 31, 12 PM

The Church of England has just published its report on Senior Leadership in the Church of England, calling it a Resource for Reflection. As I prepared for a sermon on the conversion of Paul for worship services, I reflected on this report with St Paul's l...

January 20, 3PM

This week particularly across the Anglican Church we think about our calling, each and every one of us, into a unity in Christ. It is the week for Christian Unity. Unity in Christ is a very distinctive unity. A unity in Christ is a movement into...

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We are reminded today that the See of Burnley will appoint London's Philip North. Christian Today reports on this imminent event.Philip North had turned down a previous appointment because of the theological integrity he holds in favour of an all-male pri...

January 14, 12 PM

Sitting under the Word of God in a conference centre not too far from here for a twenty-four hour away time, Hugh Palmer shared his reflections from Mark 10:32-45. Here is what I could remember with a bit of my own turn of phrase thrown in.Jesus Predicts ...

January 12, 4AM

Thoughts on the third person of the Trinity in response to readings for Sunday 11th January:Genesis 1.1-5Acts 19.1-7Mark 1.4-11In Genesis 1, a wind from God swept over the face of the waters, the ruach, the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel our Saviour is baptis...

January 8, 11AM

I too have followed the 3:28 movement and launch.I have watched the stats for Christian conferences over the years.Some time back, GodLovesWomen began to assess such data (November 2013) and release it into the public realm.In Ian Paul's analysis of the g...

January 3, 4AM

I married into a Catholic family.When I first met my husband many years ago I was struck on first visiting the family home by a resin and luminous Jesus above the fireplace of their front-room. I knew that this would likely be a family in which I would fi...

November 24 2014, 2PM

We read in our scriptures on Sunday about Christ the King coming in judgement and power and decisiveness. Next week we enter Advent with Christ the baby, coming in frailty and poverty and insecurity as we begin again the story of our Saviour and Shepherd ...

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I am hoping the church I lead will participate to some degree in one of the Christian festivals. There are a number of reasons why I hope this will be so. It will grow our bonds and bring us back renewed and energised. God encounters people in new ways wh...

November 18, 8AM

I remember going to my first Vocations Officer appointment in the 'discernment to ordination' process. I wondered if my hermeneutical approach to the book of Ruth would be something that they would like to hear about - not particularly, they said.I spoke ...

October 20, 2PM

Highlights from the move today to present the measure on women bishops to the Queen -The purpose of the Measure is to enable the Church of England, for the first time, to open all three orders of ministry—deacons, priests and bishops—without reference...

October 10, 3AM

Influential Women I have now finished Wendy Virgo's 'Influential women'. This book grabbed my attention because of the blurb on its front cover, which explains: 'From the New Testament to today - how women can build up (or undermine) their local chur...

September 26, 7AM

This post is a little tongue in cheek, really. My attention was caught by a post by Elesha Coffman, guest writer over at the Her.meneutics page of Christianity Today. She writes satirically about how if we play certain hermeneutical games with the wo...

September 23, 10AM

These have been interesting years within evangelicalism. The tendency toward fissiparousness is abating and the tendency now is towards facilitated conversation and generous listening. My conclusion here is that together we can learn better how to serve t...

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N and N 11.08.2000Debates over the Trinity involve complex metaphysical theses and the scrutiny of biblical texts. Church members often find it difficult to see how this doctrine relates to faith and practice. For me it is key - Trinitarian relations...

August 12, 4AM

VirtueOnline - expositor of all things orthodox or so it purports, blinded perhaps by the power of thinking that its own 'plain reading' is far from plain and skewed like all our readings into a hermeneutic because we are all fall-influenced and far from ...

July 18, 5AM

Dear Member of RevisingReform, You will have been overjoyed by the General Synod’s vote last Monday on women bishops. This was the logical and prayerful outcome of the decision in 1993 to enable women to be ordained to the presbyterate in the Church of...

June 4, 3AM

God is always doing something new and sometimes the new is upon us in surprising ways.I trained a at a low evangelical, charismatic college. It could even be that assumptions were made during selection that I was more acquainted with high church practice ...

June 3, 1AM

Eddie Izzard, known for his acerbic wit and original dress, presents the Church of England as a choice between 'cake' and 'death.' On youtube you can find this episode in his stand-up routine enacted with lego.But cake and death are now to be found in a c...

March 31, 10AM

Rev'd John Richardson who went to join the Lord today March 31st 2014I first encountered John Richardson as I took my angst to the internet. launching a blog in June 2008, One thousand, four hundred and eighty two posts ago.John Richardson quickly became ...

March 27, 5AM

We look today at the Bible in the life of the minister. We begin with Lectio Divina. In this way we are stripped back with no commentaries to hand. After all is the following not a challenge to us all.The Bible shows us people who are governed by the cont...

March 26, 3PM

Tomorrow I have my last training day as a curate and we are being asked about how we engage with the Bible. We have been asked to fill out a questionnaire that was significant in 2009 inspired by Walter Brueggemann's 'Re-describing Reality: What we do whe...

January 2, 3PM

An interesting discussion is taking place in one of my on-line forums about compatibility and accountability, about harmony and conflict. There really is a very delicate path to be walked when trying to articulate that thing that happens when human beings...