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December 16, 2018

Third Sunday of Advent

It seems the volume is up on many people’s frustration or anger control. I am hearing lots of views about politics – Brexit – the EU – and, wider still, the global machinations of China, Russia, and the US. Everyone has a view and a villain. People have ‘solutions’ – or at least what they’d […]

December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent

The world is changing. I certainly noticed it with aspects of Australia. I expect to notice changes – probably much smaller ones – back here in the UK. But my reflection comes about more because I heard that the standards of measurement have changed. I suspect we don’t appreciate how vital they are because they […]

December 17, 2017

The Third Sunday of Advent

I was sitting in the bus from Heathrow on my way home – quietly looking at the landscape as we drove past. It was all familiar – nothing I hadn’t seen before – and yet having just left Australia I was seeing it in a new light. Literally. What I noticed first among the muted […]

December 10, 2017

The Second Sunday of Advent

I had a good time away for numerous reasons but the main one was being with family. It was simply good to get a sense of how everyone is doing – seeing them in their surroundings or hearing about them – and sharing our lives again even for a few days. There is so much […]

December 18, 2016

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

hadn’t rowed for quite a while and sitting at the rowing machine meant that my ‘muscle mem-ory’ kicked in as I turned on the machine, tightened the foot straps, and slowly started rowing. I have goals in terms of distance that I’d like to achieve depending on how long I row. I thought I’d row […]

December 13, 2015

The Third Sunday of Advent

“We need to go back to the time of the Apostles: they faced a pre-Christian world, and we are fac-ing a largely post-Christian world. When Paul wants to summarise the essence of the Christian message in one sentence, he does not say, “I proclaim this or that doctrine to you.” He says, “We preach Christ […]

December 6, 2015

The Second Sunday of Advent

So much to do, so little time. Or maybe I’m just getting old(er)! We’re into our new church year and people are already planning most of 2016 in the world. Among Lutherans world-wide there’s a prel-ude – a bit of a drum roll – to 2017 and the 500th anniversary of the posting of the […]

November 29, 2015

The First Sunday of Advent

In the 1970s after the time of the first Star Wars film there was a line about “You know you’re a Lutheran when … you hear ‘May the Force be with you’ and you reply, ‘And also with you’!”. It seems that these days with imminent relaunch of the next part of Star Wars it […]

December 14, 2014

For the Third and Fourth Sundays of Advent

I was intrigued to read in ‘The Week’ that Chinese visitors to Britain face difficulties – there are no Chinese names for many British attractions. Apparently. So tourism officials are inviting them to devise their own names and post them online. So far it seems that Llanfairpwllgwyngyll in Wales is ‘Word Puzzle Town’; Hadrian’s Wall […]

December 7, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent

I sent my first tweet this week. Yes, I do embrace technology (!) – I just don’t want to drown in it. So after a few years of being a follower, I cautiously ventured into cyberspace with a message to the Humanities Department at Mildenhall College Academy. This Department embarked on a wonderful project with […]

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