The bread that divides?

A crisis situation like the one we are in at the moment can throw up the occasional bouncer, a theological issue that affects how we do church that we weren’t ready for. These issues can be controversial.  So we want to approach them carefully and with charity. We also need to be ready that inContinue reading “The bread that divides?”

All Our Sickness … All our Sorrow

All our sickness, all our sorrowsJesus carried up the hill.He has walked this path before us,He is walking with us still;Turning tragedy to triumph,Turning agony to praise,There is blessing in the battleSo take heart and stand amazed.[1] But he was pierced for our transgressions;  he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisementContinue reading “All Our Sickness … All our Sorrow”

Isolation and Communion (conclusion)

Applying to today – can we share communion during the pandemic? So, this is the bit that you’ve been waiting for. What do I think about sharing communion during the Coronavirus Pandemic?  Is it okay to do it? Whilst the conclusion is specific to this situation, there may be further implications particularly as we careContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (conclusion)”

Bullying, abuse and the problem of co-dependency

I’ve been writing a few articles in response to #MeToo #ChurchToo and recent high profile cases of abusive church leadership. Here I want to write a little more about abusive relationships and how they form. First of all, two quotes from Hannah, or communities and families worker from our twitter account. “Abusers are difficult toContinue reading “Bullying, abuse and the problem of co-dependency”

Food for the long haul

The work of the word is long term and wholistic not short term and piecemeal Relevant? As we have been discussing, facing a major crisis like a pandemic and a lockdown will take more than occasional disjointed thoughts. We need to see the big picture of who God is and what his plans and purposesContinue reading “Food for the long haul”

Summer Is Coming

Summer and Winter Apparently in Game of Thrones, the Stark family have a saying “Winter is Coming.” It is a chill warning of dark and dangerous days ahead.  I have started using the hashtag #SummerIsComing on social media. Why?  Well, it feels very much like we are in the dark nights of winter as weContinue reading “Summer Is Coming”

"I don't want you to panic …. I want you to think."

“I don’t want you to panic, I want you to think.” Those words are striking, they come from a young German activist who has taken an opposing position to Greta Thunberg. I quoted her in my first video chat “Don’t Worry.”   Whatever your position on climate change and whether you agree with either viewContinue reading “"I don't want you to panic …. I want you to think."”

Worthy

If you are looking for something to read at the moment, can I recommend “Worthy: Celebrating the value of women.” By Elyse Fitzpatrick and EM Schumacher.  The book traces a Biblical theology of what it means for women to be made in God’s image and part of his amazing salvation story. It the applies thisContinue reading “Worthy”

“I trace the rainbow through the rain” Anxiety, Depression and Burnout

It’s a busy Sunday morning at the end of a busy week, I’ve preached twice, tried to resolve some technical hitches and followed all that up with a pastoral conversation.  Then I find myself sitting in the church lounge sobbing thinking “I can’t go on anymore.”  A conversation with another elder who just happens toContinue reading ““I trace the rainbow through the rain” Anxiety, Depression and Burnout”