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August 11, 2019

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Ron looked at the old book in his hand. He’d had it for nearly fifty years and the hard cover was curled and frayed on the corners. The cloth that covered the spine had come away on one side exposing the pages knitted together with glue and thread. He had long suspected that books weren’t […]

August 4, 2019

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Do you trust ‘the system’ or do you expect that things will go awry and plan for it? I am no longer fussed about being caught in traffic as much as I was decades ago. There is little I can do about traffic jams – as I and Good Shepherd found out on Sunday. But […]

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 […]

October 1, 2017

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Last week I wrote ‘You don’t come home all jolly and happy from a visit of battlefields …’ and you might be expecting me to begin similarly having just come home the ELCE’s synodical convention! That’s the caricature often isn’t it? That church meetings are long and tedious and synodical conventions – at any level […]

September 24, 2017

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentacost

You don’t come home all jolly and happy from a visit of battlefields, museums, and cemeteries or walking through towns and country sides that are rebuilt yet have scars for those who look closely. We stayed at Talbot House in Poperinge (Belgium) precisely because its World War 1 links and so we were immersed in […]

September 17, 2017

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentacost

I recently listened to a podcast about ‘cos play’ where people dress up in the costume of a favourite character from film or TV – often science fiction – and attend conventions and other events in character so to speak. The costumes can be amazingly elaborate. The camaraderie and community infectious. The opportunity to interact […]

August 6, 2017

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The actress, Jodie Whitaker, is going to be the next Doctor when Peter Capaldi hands over the sonic screwdriver in the Christmas Special of Doctor Who. The announcement was important – the BBC interrupted its Wimbledon broadcast – and the WHOverse was definitely vocal. I’d say most were in favour of this regeneration from a […]

June 25, 2017

The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

My week has been dominated by the ELCE financial audit. We have to give an account of our-selves to the world because in the UK the ELCE is a registered charity and there are certain responsibilities that go with that status and for which we receive certain privileges (the most notable being the receiving of […]

June 18, 2017

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

We might have been away but we weren’t out of touch. The fire. The election. ELCE Church politics. Marriage matters. Unemployment. Health concerns. People’s choices. Good news moments. Pregnancy. Hospital. Tests. Walking in the shadow of death. Reconciliations. And more. All intertwined with sunshine, azure water, amazing geology, boating, swimming, nice food, and scenery we’d […]

May 21, 2017

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

The ELCE’s Pastors’ Study Week has come and gone. So have the guests who joined us from Australia, Denmark, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong and the United States – all of whom were so impressed that they said that they wanted to come again. (Or maybe they were just being polite?!) I am pleased I […]

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