Thought for the Week

July 25, 2021

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

I’ve been thinking about how we live and what people draw on to make the decisions. We all draw on trust and knowledge of the world and they are the background to our decisions and our behaviour. Whether the trust is in a person or people or social systems or religion or phi-losophy – and […]

July 18, 2021

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

‘No restrictions on communal worship.’ That’s how the news broadcasts are describing the situation in England. And that is good news we’d all say! I’m waiting for the fine print from the GOV.UK website to know whether there are any caveats. We wait and see. In the meantime, however, is it true that there are […]

July 11, 2021

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

My devotion at yesterday’s Reading Day … The Lord be with you. [Read 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13] This reading is found in the 3 year lectionary and in the one year lectionary so it must be worth hearing where Paul is writing to his fractious congregation – a former missionary pastor writing to people […]

July 4, 2021

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Ecclesiology. It means words about the ecclesia which is a group of people – in ancient Greece, it was about civics and politics, a group of citizens – and it is a word that has come to be used in the Church to describe the people of God and how they are Church and how […]

June 27, 2021

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

I was surprised. The moment was unexpected and my reaction was quite visceral. I felt it in my gut – a shock – so that I noticed it and yes, it achieved what it set out to do – make me think and check my behaviour. What am I talking about? I was driving and […]

June 20, 2021

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

I had organised online to pick up a prescription and went to the dispensary to collect it only to be told that there had been an error online and the prescription wouldn’t be ready for another two days. Please come back then. But the trouble was I wouldn’t be able to – and quickly working […]

June 13, 2021

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Force Majeure? I was doing some reading of contracts for the ELCE and wading through the ‘fine print’ so to speak. Yes, there are acts, events, or circumstances beyond the control of those in the contract which can’t reasonably be anticipated or controlled (eg. extreme weath-er, war, terrorism) and which affects the contract and generally […]

June 6, 2021

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

The 26th European Lutheran Conference was delayed in 2020 because of C-19 and dis-tanced but digital in 2021. Members of the European Lutheran Churches with which the EL-CE are in church fellowship – Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, and Portugal – and guests from Lutheran Churches in the Czech Republic, Finland, Spain, and Switzerland – […]

May 30, 2021

The Festival of the Holy Trinity

When people say that they don’t believe in Jesus, I often don’t understand what they mean. Are they saying that they don’t believe Jesus ever existed? (That he is fiction.) Do they think the same thing about Plato, Julius Caesar, Michelangelo, or any one else from the long ago past? Are they saying that Jesus […]

May 23, 2021

The Festival of Pentecost

I discovered recently that I might be suffering from ‘illusionism’. The fact that I believe in a reali-ty beyond my senses and therefore that life after death exists is probably quite a give-away! In this case, though, the phrase refers more to the wrestling that goes on where physics, philoso-phy, and neuroscience converge to say […]

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