Thought for the Week

February 27, 2022

The Transfiguration of Jesus

The invasion of Ukraine is sadly the media moment. What is it about? Who says the answer? It is not the only conflict happening in the world. I am unsure how many people are aware of the conflict in Yemen – now in its 8th year – and I’m not even sure how to describe […]

February 20, 2022

The Seventh Sunday after The Epiphany

It was a lovely Saturday online yesterday at the ELCE’s Day of Reflection ‘Singing our Christian Faith’. There was a wide range of songs and hymns – from centuries ago to ones written by ELCE members a few years! Each song had a story to go with it – when it came into being (we […]

February 13, 2022

The Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany

I heard a fascinating podcast during my driving this week about our inner voice – how we speak to ourselves to remember, to coach ourselves, to rehearse, to prepare and plan, and to help us make sense of our experiences and the world. Part of our working memory system, it is part of being human […]

February 6, 2022

The Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany

On this day in 1952 Princess Elizabeth, in Kenya at the time, acceded the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI, and so began the longest reign of a British monarch – a second Elizabethan age so to speak. Today the Platinum Anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign begins and we still say, […]

January 30, 2022

The Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany

I am sitting at home not wanting the phone to ring. I don’t want to ‘go to work’. What is wrong with me? “Don’t you want to share the love of Jesus, George?!” Well … it is true that I believe Jesus says ‘I love you’ as his opening message to us, reflecting his heart […]

January 23, 2022

The Third Sunday after The Epiphany

I was at Sea Cadets this week and asked to sit with a group of relatively new cadets and help them plan what we might do for Her Majesty’s Platinum celebrations in June. We had a variety of weird, wacky, and worthy ideas and in the free-for-all conversation a cadet looked at me and asked, […]

January 16, 2022

Observing The Baptism of Our Lord

My devotional thought at the beginning of the ELCE’s Discussion Day yesterday. 1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the […]

January 9, 2022

Observing The Festival of The Epiphany of Our Lord

I haven’t mentioned cricket much lately. 😉 As I write, the 4th Ashes Test has just begun in Sydney. When you read this, the outcome will be known. So you know the outcome of which I don’t know. I can guess and hope about the outcome. As the game progresses the outcome might become clearer […]

January 2, 2022

The Second Sunday after Christmas

My son sent me an article about NASA hiring theologians and asked whether I was interest- ed? Of course! I could do it ‘on the side’. 😉 It turned out to be a programme a few years back of gathering 24 theologians to look at the social implications of astrobiology. It seems that the project […]

December 26, 2021

The First Sunday after Christmas

I had miss calculated his retirement time. I had forgotten that with leave to be taken he would be gone soon and my visit to the police station was possibly the last time I’d see him. “How long have you been in the constabulary?” “30 years”, came the reply. That is a long time of serving […]

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