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October 21 2013, 3PM

In February 2013, we heard about potential changes to the Brownie/Guide promise and Sheila Bember their faith advisor said this:  "Girlguiding UK has always been an organisation that has held the spiritual development of girls at the heart of its act...

October 9, 2PM

I was explaining today at a prayer meeting, bless 'em for listening, poor folks...how church needs to engage again with the sacred and the spiritual and that how sometimes the low Evangelical churches can, without engaging the sacred or the spiritual, rea...

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"Never Call Them Jerks" - A reflection on a book by the Alban Institute Arthur Paul Boers' Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior (The Alban Institute, 1999) is 135 pages of invaluable stuff!!  In the first chapter Naming, Bl...

September 24, 8AM

Today's culture affirms freedom of choice and our human rights and the Church is to be driven by our responsibilities to each other and to God. Where do these two foci coincide and over what issues do they part company? I wonder whether the Church under...

September 13, 3PM

I like John Piper here in his humility and openness, in his desire for this gift but also in the emphasis he places upon it. I think some of the language of 'ecstatic' is a bit exaggerated because I think it becomes a part of a developed prayer life when ...

September 4, 3AM

I have always been interested in our models of the cross and what we say happened there because it's so crucial (pardon the pun). The bible itself speaks of how it seems 'foolish' and is a 'stumbling block.' There have to be ways of explaining what happe...

September 2, 2PM

To what extent then, can a coherent defense be made of penal substitution, I wonder. Substitution captures "a putting in place of another" (Dictionary of Etymology). Paul testifies to the substitutionary nature of the atonement in Galatians (2:20, 3:13) ...

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I pick up my load, wipe the dust from my feet,Watch an eagle hover over fields of wheat. I set out on the path up this Calvary hill,My burdens are heavy but I seek the Lord's will.I breathe in the Spirit who strengthens each strideI climb in half-li...

August 13, 1PM

Down the mountain In the preparation you undergo for speaking on the scriptures, comes challenge of some of the tendencies that you have developed or fallen into as a person and so you find yourself being addressed by God first and sometimes in painful...

July 22, 2PM

Many of us are feeling a bit gutted that NEW WINE, Newark will run for the last time this year but I think we probably have to remain rooted in Christ, to realise that it is all going to be okay.  We're happy aren't we, when we face troubles becaus...

July 3, 1PM

Luke 7:36-50 Invited to dinner perhaps to debate theology, perhaps to be caught out, perhaps because they wanted him to prove himself, Jesus reclines at table with Simon and other religious leaders of the day. Have you ever been invited to a function li...

June 17, 3AM

Dr Luke shows us how Jesus asks us to become like little children so that we might inherit the kingdom of God.  St Paul describes Jesus emptying himself of God-power and the gospels do indeed reveal a Jesus who grew tired like we do, hungry as we ...

June 4, 2PM

Hubby and wife on a night out Belper Street Angels I rarely write everyday life stuff but if I don't, I could forget. It has occurred to me, recently, that due to a tendency to live in the present moment, in often what is a rather over-zealous way, t...

May 17, 3PM

BECOME sensing people, and savour the rich imagery of this powerful prayer. Go back to the Day of Pentecost, as recorded in Acts, and mingle with the crowd. Relive the experience of those original apostles on the day when the Holy Spirit was outpoured ...

May 13, 10AM

I want to talk to you about getting our eyes fixed and understanding our vision. Many of you will relate to what I am saying if your view was suddenly blocked on Friday by the billowing smoke that blew across our very town from a blaze that erup...

May 7, 1PM

A few weeks ago whilst I watched a renewal of wedding vows, I was struck by a promise two people made to make home a 'haven.' I have long been fascinated by the gospel's sense of home and the Saints' insistence that 'home' is not an easy place to find, un...

April 17, 3PM

It is interesting to read coverage by Sue Steiner today in the Guardian newspaper about the nurse who has explored the regrets that we are capable of articulating at the end of our lives.  Bronnie Ware, Australian palliative care nurse has wri...

April 14, 10AM

...and so Baroness Thatcher has died. There have been mixed reactions. The Queen was saddened. Ed Milliband avoided political comment and gave his sympathies to her family. One Scottish political activist partied to celebrate because his communi...

February 16, 2AM

This Ash Wednesday may we so grasp our mortality that we work for the inbreaking of God's Kingdom now.  This Ash Wednesday, as we contemplate that it is to dust that we return, may we also hunger for the end of Lent resurrection and the promise...

January 31, 10AM

1 Corinthians 11 Sacra Pagina Raymond F Collins ...and so you could deliver it like this....maybe ? View RSS

January 28, 2AM

In John 21, the disciples have caught nothing. All night long they have been fishing the lake to no avail. Their nets are empty, they must be exhausted. No doubt, they have a remit to fulfil. They are required to deliver their catch to the markets s...

January 26, 11AM

J. Zink considers ‘Anglocostalism’ in Nigeria: Neo-Pentecostalism and Obstacles to Anglican Unity.' J. Zink, missionary and writer, looks at the religious environment in Nigeria and how it has deterred them from conversation with the rest of t...

January 25, 4AM

Richard Beck, in his blog, tackles the idea of doctrinal dependence, where it becomes the fixer of anything that might be considered otherwise, only wayward emotion. He says: The orthodox alexithymics will emphasize the view of the Greeks: reason mu...

January 19, 10AM

I love getting my womenpriests.org updates. It resonates, as I am sure it does for many Anglican ordained women, as it probably resonates for many who have felt so on fire for something right and good but seen it frustrated. Womenpriests.org explains its...

December 26 2012, 3PM

JOY 2012 Christmas This year, Christ's arrival into the world is described by Luke, that master story-teller of sequels where we get to write the trilogy through our actions in the World. Luke's story of our Saviour is in two parts and Luke's se...

December 21, 1PM

December 16, 12 PM

...nearly made it to the checkout! ... at the concert ... in the grocery queue ... after a Wedding ... paying for petrol ...I can't go anywhere without being asked what I think about women and gay people... I am sure that there are a few of us hav...

December 3, 10AM

Does hierarchy in one area logically imply hierarchy in another? Does a hierarchy of function not point to a hierarchy of being? How can an eternally necessary functional hierarchy be compatible with ontological equality between the members...

November 30, 11AM

This is what I was looking at three years ago, when I had time to study. Much of it is relevant to where we find ourselves today. Perhaps I would now express it all in a bit more of a nuanced way. I find a home with my my conservative evangelical bro...

November 25, 3PM

Thoughts on Women in the Episcopate  Women in Christian servant-leadership, with a look at Rev Angus Macleay's summation speech from General Synod on Tuesday November 20th 2012. (Black type – Rev Macleay's speech, Red – my thoughts) Primari...

November 8, 9AM

Picture from Bishop to hold meeting at Angel of the North by Neil McKay, The Journal Read More  I, for one, am excited at the prospect of the appointment of Justin Welby. I need to read around but know that he believes in the...

October 16, 2PM

Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre Parish Vacancy View RSS

October 8, 2AM

I love this. People who support the use of the internet and blogging as a calling, as something that can be used for good. This guy explains the random acts of kindness that make the internet work. 'more human with each other' 'an act of kindness' 'be...

September 17, 2PM

...time to study again. ...and I wonder what we can do academically with internet research and reflection when working towards a formal qualification. I hope to write something on 1 Tim 2:11-15 - comparing interpretations from an evangelical perspective ...

September 13, 1PM

It's that time of year. Go and discover more about what really matters. Go to source. Discover and learn together. Explore and question. Eat and wonder. Encounter the realness of faith and how Jesus is waiting to encounter you. ALPHA BELPER Starts 20th...

September 6, 7AM

A Franciscan Blessing May God bless you with discomfort,At easy answers, half-truths,And superficial relationshipsSo that you may liveDeep within your heart.May God bless you with angerAt injustice, oppression,And exploitation of people,So that you may...

September 5, 7AM

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September 3, 5AM

I am experimenting with trying to put things a bit differently..less of the usual exegesis and a bit more testimony in Sunday sermons. In some ways our congregations have us trying all sorts of approaches with them in the first few years of preaching,...