Thought for the Week

July 31, 2022

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham was a big ‘event spectacular’. As someone with an interest in puppetry – you might want to ask Charlotte why there was 2 metre high puppet hanging in the hallway of our first apartment after we married! – I was particularly impressed by the raging […]

July 24, 2022

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Hello. This is an unashamed plug for Lutheran Radio UK. This is the ELCE’s internet radio at  Occasionally here I quote a paragraph or two of something I’ve read along the lines of “I wish I had written that” and yesterday I finished listening to the second part of a two part discussion on […]

July 17, 2022

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Earlier in July the British Government hosted the Global Freedom of Religion or Belief Ministerial Meeting for government officials from more than 30 countries plus representatives from international organisations, academia, church groups, interfaith groups, and civil society. Even though Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that ‘Everyone has the right to […]

July 3, 2022

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

This week I discovered that I was a victim of identity fraud. No one was impersonating me – an old bald man wearing a clerical collar with an Australian accent 😉 – but apparently I had moved to Salford and had contacted the credit card company on a number of occasions. So when the credit […]

June 26, 2022

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Last week’s ELCE Pastors’ Study Week – although it is only three days – is a good time of fellowship, learning, and worship. We were certainly hosted brilliantly by Westfield House – and a big ‘thank you’ to them – especially for the meals. This year we studied C F W Walther’s ‘Church and Ministry’ […]

June 19, 2022

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

How’s the weather for you? How would you describe it? Warm? Hot? Pleasant? Unpleasant? Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week recorded the highest temperatures three days in a row this year. Friday’s UK maximum temperature was, I believe, 32.7ºC in Suffolk, and the average June temperature (from a relatively quick search on the internet […]

June 12, 2022

The Festival of the Holy Trinity

I have been known to challenge Confirmation students to find a worldly analogy to explain the Trinity – one that I can’t pick ‘holes’ in – and the ‘prize’ is the biggest sweet in the supermar- ket that their parents will let me buy. I have yet to go the supermarket. Nevertheless I have been […]

June 5, 2022

The Festival of Pentecost

I thought I knew Australian history growing up. I knew a version of it – not incorrect as such – but definitely not nuanced or the ‘full story’. The ‘skeletons were in the closet’ about some things – particularly in relation to the indigenous people of Australia – and it wasn’t until I was in […]

May 29, 2022

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

It’s been a while … but I did read something recently and thought ‘very good’ and wanted to share so here goes … Luther’s view of truth is inseparable from his doctrine of the Word of God. Without entering into the various inter- pretations of this doctrine that have been advanced in recent years, it […]

May 8, 2022

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

I was saddened to read and hear a story of a naval chaplain who had retired having lost his faith. He describes himself now as an atheist and a humanist. A lot of the material in his story was about – and the material was framed in a way that he was ‘chaplaincy reformer’ who […]

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