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May 17, 2021

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Portions of a sermon on the Ascension of Jesus (based on Mark 16:14-20) by Martin Luther in 1523. [German text: Erlangen Edition, 12:169; Walch Edition, 11:1256; St. Lou- is Walch, 11:931.] Now we must consider the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the first place, it is easily said and understood that the Lord […]

May 2, 2021

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

We sum up people pretty quickly. We have expectations about them depending on how they look, sound, even smell. This activity is part of who we are in terms of safety – flight or fight sort of thing – but once that is assessed, what else we might do can be very varied – and […]

April 25, 2021

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Knowing what we should do doesn’t mean we do it. We all know that – and whether it is good health advice we accept (but don’t do) or something personal we want to do but find ourselves struggling with again and again – we are very much aware that changing behaviour can be really hard […]

April 18, 2021

The Third Sunday of Easter

The pandemic has shrunk our social circles, interactions, and horizons. The family networks remain unchanged but we miss seeing loved ones – being in the same room – as we used to do so. We miss the hugs – even if on reflection, some of them may have been rather perfunc- tory. And we have […]

April 11, 2021

The Second Sunday of Easter

The death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has brought the nation to mourning, reflection, comment on social media, and physically distanced acts of remembrance and grieving. Our response has a noticeable public dimension because Prince Philip was such a public person. His death brings mortality more to the fore though, at this […]

June 2, 2019

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

The virtual reality church segment on BBC Radio Sunday piqued my interest. While there is a pastor and there are people, there is no church building as such and the congregation meets in virtual reality or by watching it online. The pastor said that his work is particularly for those who for whatever reason can’t […]

May 26, 2019

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Writing these ‘blurbs’ is always interesting in terms of fast and slow. Sometimes the idea or incident or trigger just leaps onto the page and at other times I am in the Outback with not even a drop of an idea. It occurred to me that I’d write about time. That was because this week […]

May 19, 2019

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

As part of BBC Radio’s ‘Forest 404’ – a sci-fi thriller set in the 24th Century in a world where forests have been erased from history – I listened to a talk ‘Death in the Digital Age’ by Katie Thornton – researcher, public historian, and audio storyteller. I found it intriguing. Previously to remember the […]

May 12, 2019

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The interconnectedness of things today –and of life –can take my breath away. Last Sunday morning I drove down to BBC Radio Essex to give the Reflection –a 3 minute one-take, live, try-and-make-no-mistakes reading which is topical in terms of the latest news and reflective in terms of religion (without ‘bagging’ other religions or points […]

April 28, 2019

The Second Sunday of Easter

I do not wish to be morose at this Easter time – and I don’t think I am in chocolate withdrawal – but there does seem to be a lot of death around. I noticed it at the First Aid course I attended at Westfield House on Friday. Now it was a very good course […]

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