Preaching shorter sermons (Do we need to in lockdown online?)

One question that keeps coming up during lockdown is whether we can preach the same length of sermons during lockdown or whether we need to shorten them. At a recent FIEC webinar, research by  educationalists was referenced suggesting that our attention span when viewing online content is about half that of when listening to orContinue reading “Preaching shorter sermons (Do we need to in lockdown online?)”

A Quarantined World

I love Sci-Fi. I think my parents and sister probably kicked off my appetite for it by sitting in front of our old black and white TV to watch classis like War of the Worlds whilst I was out at Boys Brigade as a kid. It gave me a hunger to get home and seeContinue reading “A Quarantined World”

The crucial difference between “at the earliest” and “at the latest”

“Don’t build up expectations, don’t get hopes up” “You will do better to air on the side of caution and pessimism” “Be realistic” These are the key messages that have been coming through from national church leaders involved in consultation with the Government over the past few weeks. It can be very frustrating if youContinue reading “The crucial difference between “at the earliest” and “at the latest””

Living through a lengthy lockdown -facing the emotional challenges

Below is our latest Afternoon Tea conversation.  The key points from the discussion were Our experience of lockdown may feel very similar to a grieving process The following 7 stages of grieving have been identified SHOCK & DENIAL- You will probably react to learning of the loss with numbed disbelief. … PAIN & GUILT- …Continue reading “Living through a lengthy lockdown -facing the emotional challenges”

Food from around the world wide web

Leadership in a lengthy lockdown The FIEC have been providing some helpful resources for churches in lockdown. Here’s their most recent webinar. We are realising that elements of the lockdown are likely to be around for a long time and it will be quite some time before church is anywhere near back to normal 10Continue reading “Food from around the world wide web”

Church in long term lockdown

Here’s the recording of today’s #AfternoonTea as we talked through the implications of a long term lockdown for church. Here are my notes from the FIEC’s very helpful webinar with John Stephens on this subject. 1. He opened with Daniel 9 -not identical but some analogies esp the sense of being in a situation longerContinue reading “Church in long term lockdown”

Coronavirus in our care homes – why does sorry seem to be the hardest word?

Special Agent Gibbs is the hero of NCIS.  A man of few words with his own traumatic past, he leads a team of agents with a passionate commitment to justice.  One of the unique things about Gibbs is that he has a rule for everything, a code to live by.  One of his best knownContinue reading “Coronavirus in our care homes – why does sorry seem to be the hardest word?”

Learning the right lessons – it is possible to engage

Early in the Coronavirus pandemic I shared a few articles about the dangers of learning the wrong lessons from the data that was being thrown at us about how different countries were doing.  I want to follow that up with some articles about what we can learn about the virus. My reason for saying thisContinue reading “Learning the right lessons – it is possible to engage”

Coronavirus Interview with a Doctor

We had the opportunity to catch up with Dr Steve Sturman on Afternoon Tea today. Here are some of the things we talked about (watch the interview below) – What is it currently like to be working in hospital? – Is it safe to go into hospital if I’m unwell with another condition? – WhatContinue reading “Coronavirus Interview with a Doctor”

Coronavirus – do the models work?

A lot of decisions about Coronavirus over the past few weeks have been made on the basis of models predicting potential outcomes In fact, it is probably more accurate to say that decisions have been guided by the models than that they have been guided by the science in some unmediated way as though thereContinue reading “Coronavirus – do the models work?”