It was much easier when COVID rules were in place. We knew that we were to Keep a two-metre distance from others Wear face masks in doors Stay home for at least 10 days after testing positive and then only begin mixing again when we had tested negative on two consecutive days. At various times… Continue reading Can we manage our risks?
#Partygate and #Beergate continue to rumble on. In latest developments, Labour leader Keir Starmer has said that he will resign if he is issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice fine for breeching covid regulations. His supporters have suggested that this shows integrity and compares unfavourably with the way that the Prime Minister has refused to… Continue reading Resignation offers, integrity and grace
I’ve written a couple of articles reflecting on the way that we have built up immunity to COVID-19 and how this reminds me of the old adage that we can “give people just enough religion to inoculate them against the real thing.” Well, of course we are meant to think about vaccination and immunisation as… Continue reading Good immunisation
Being confined to quarters with a dose of COVID-19 means I’ve had a bit of time on my hands. So, I thought I’d have a quick look at what the current data is on the virus in the UK. As you may recall, there’s been significant changes to regulations and guidance in the last month.… Continue reading COVID -a very occasional update
#Partygate is the scandal that keeps on giving. In a bid to distract from their own troubles, the Tories have tried to put the focus on an incident during the local elections last year where Keir Starmer was videoed drinking beer in Durham. Their claim is that the leader of the opposition was also in… Continue reading Pints, cake and retrospective justice
COVID has decided to revisit our house. So far, once again it’s only me who is showing symptoms and testing positive. This time round it feels like something between a heavy cold and light flu. Hopefully that’s as bad as it will get. It seems that whist Omicron has proved more virulent in terms of… Continue reading Immunised
It’s been a while since I wrote anything about COVID-19 however, I thought it might be worth a little update. Since I stopped updating charts daily, there have been substantial changes to testing and reporting including the ending of free Lateral flow tests. For that reason, I am not going to report on positive test… Continue reading COVID Spring 2022
I’ve seen a few articles talking about burnout among those in church leadership over the past few weeks. These seem to be particularly in response to the experience of leaders through the COVID-19 pandemic which has in many ways amplified many of the challenges of Gospel ministry. One helpful contribution to the discussion was this… Continue reading Is it burnout?
The parable of the Lost Sheep is a wonderful exposition of the Gospel. It points us to the God who passionately pursues the lost. It challenges the legalistic pride and insularity of the Pharisees and it convicts our hearts -do we have that same concern for those who are lost and wandering. It’s not a… Continue reading Post pandemic pastoral conversations – don’t forget those who have returned
As we return increasingly to normality following the pandemic, I suspect that the vast majority of people who are intending to return to in person church attendance will have done so by now. If the majority of your church are not yet back in person then you may have to have some searching conversations together… Continue reading Post pandemic pastoral conversations – those who haven’t come back