Thought for the Week

November 8, 2020

The Festival of All Saints

Historian Tom Holland’s travelogue at Luther Tyndale’s Reformation Celebration on Friday night ( began with a journey from Soho to Brixton and asked the question, ‘Where are the angels?’. He said he didn’t have the answers. Meandering through history, literature, art, and personal experiences, Holland didn’t give us a ‘Reformation lecture’ per se but a […]

November 8, 2020

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

We need umpires to keep things going – in sport we need a quick decision so that the game can go on. Generally we accept the that competing tensions of fairness or playing by the rules, competitiveness, and a desire to win means we may not be as clear sighted as we think we are […]

October 25, 2020

The Festival of The Reformation

We’ve called it ‘living in the jet on the runway’ as the dehumidifiers dry out the house after the broken pipe. Yes, they’re loud. We were told that sometimes people turn the ‘daleks’ (my name for them) off when they go to sleep but we’d don’t really hear them upstairs and we’ve sort of migrated […]

October 4, 2020

The 18th Sunday after Pentecost

A Story (Continued) There were baked bean tins everywhere that had also been knocked over. Mum was trying to look after Sophie, right the trolley, and put things away all at the same time. The worst thing of all was that no one was helping her! People were either going back up the aisle or […]

September 27, 2020

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost

A Story Robert opened his diary and began writing. It was between the Corn Flakes and the Coco Pops when I first saw a Dark Angel. I’ll never forget it. I could tell that he was big and tall. He was dressed in dark blue jeans and he had black boots which had four buckles […]

September 20, 2020

The 16th Sunday after Pentecost

If I mention the date September 11th, what do you think? Maybe it is your birthday. (I know someone who has a birthday on that date.) Maybe it is an anniversary of some sort for you. However I think overwhelmingly people think of the tragedy in the US at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and […]

September 13, 2020

The 15th Sunday after Pentecost

I knew of Alexander Hamilton but not much else – except in the categories of US history and the Constitution. Because we’ve watched the musical Hamilton and I have the musical currently in the background, I can describe more of his biography but only in broad terms and in terms of some key events. I […]

September 6, 2020

The 14th Sunday after Pentecost

I really don’t know how long it has been there. I don’t remember when I noticed that the floor wasn’t smooth. It was more out of the corner of my eye and I think it was only a few days ago. At a certain time of the day the sunlight shines and if you look […]

August 30, 2020

The 13th Sunday after Pentecost

‘Face to face’ used to mean being in the same room, talking to someone directly, seeing them and facing them as they face you. It was a reference to communication that wasn’t by phone, text, email, or letter. This week the ELCE pastors gathered for a meeting to discuss the Church Order document and it […]

August 16, 2020

The 11th Sunday after Pentecost

I enjoy teaching and the classroom and pretty much everything about it – preparations, planning, delivery, engaging with students but there is one thing I don’t enjoy. I do it, of course, professionally, critically, diligently but I find grading hard. I’m not so much talking about reading students’ work or listening to students, getting their […]

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