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November 8, 2019

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House of Commons in the last parliament, has been obliged to make a public apology this week because of his deeply insensitive comments about the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. He gives the impression of being a man to whom apologies...

November 1, 2019

For the last month or so, our Bible study group has been discussing the story of Nehemiah – a passionate wall-builder in 5th century BC Jerusalem when the people of Israel came back after being exiled in Babylon. It's 2500 years later, but the story and the man have of...

October 25, 2019

Well maybe not. Two days ago a truck turned up at a seaport not so very far from where we live. Two hours via a motorway we regularly use. It was carrying a cargo of 39 human corpses. Somewhere along the line these 39 people had been asphyxiated or frozen. People who h...

October 18, 2019

We went to a funeral last week. Or rather a memorial service held shortly after a private family ceremony at the crematorium. A number of affectionate tributes were paid to the deceased. It was a good ‘send-off’. I learned some things about this person which I did not...

October 11, 2019

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, did something brave yesterday. To celebrate World Mental Health Day, he recorded a short video confessing a struggle with depression and a decision to get professional help. I say ‘confessing’ because that’s how many Christia...

October 4, 2019

They’re just in it for themselves’. ‘They put their careers before the people’. These sorts of criticisms of our politicians are common currency in the media. You hear it from studio audiences, in vox pop clips in news and documentaries, on social media. I wish to disa...

September 27, 2019

Is the sermon an outdated mode of communication? I often ask myself that question. Sometimes, the answer is Yes! Standing at the back of the church, it's easier to see a number of people distracted by their phones! In the simple struggle for the audience to give full a...

September 20, 2019

These words appeared more often than I had expected in the extracts in the press from David Cameron’s memoir For the Record published this week. The former Prime Minister admits that he failed in his attempt to use the EU referendum to unite his party. He failed to cam...

September 13, 2019

I was brought up at the heart of the Seventh-day Adventist community. My father was a paid and ordained minister for forty-four years. Working with equal commitment to the church, my mother was an unpaid pastor (eventually ordained as an elder). But my parents never tr...

August 30, 2019

As usual, the Greenbelt Festival where we were last weekend focused on social justice. As always, it stirred me up to think about power and how it’s exercised. Ownership and entitlement were on my mind!

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August 16, 2019

Fifty-five years ago this month, I used a red phone box in the city of Exeter to call my parents and find out my A level results. Although it happened...

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