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five on Friday

Jesus said you are to love one another as I have loved you, a love that will possibly lead to the bloody, anguish gift of yourself, a love that forgives seven times seven, that keeps no record of wrong. This is the criterion, sole norm, the standard of discipleship in the New Israel of God.” […]


Hope and joy and love abound: so, too do fear and uncertainty and worry. We commit to the good and wrestle with the weak and the struggling parts of us, and so I appreciate what Madeline L’Engle writes of Advent;- “This is the irrational season when love blooms bright and wild. Had Mary been full of reason […]

10 lent questions….

from Rachel Held Evans,….. 10 Questions to Ask Yourself. 1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different? 2. Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbour as myself? How do I address […]

for reflection…

this epiphany…. Matthew 2 v 1-12. Questions for you, or your root group? 1 What is this epiphany season: 6th January through to 2nd February about for you? 2 What does the 900-mile journey of the Magi ask of you? 3 How are you going to grow in wisdom in the Holy Spirit? 4 Spacious […]

reflections post-synod vote

The ache is real after the shifts and the rejection of the measure discussed at length again yesterday. The journey towards the ordination of women bishops got aborted dramatically yesterday. Wikipedia shortly after, had a revised first line…… The Church of England is the officially established sexist Christian church in England. I ache. Not because I’m a third-level feminist, politically correct, or necessarily […]

the joyful gain of giving!

“The generous soul will be made rich, & he who waters will also be watered himself” Proverbs 11:25 If joy is what we desire….(a mini-obsession of mine at the moment!), we often defeat ourselves by going after it in the wrong way! We could wrongly make it a self-centered pursuit about what we want to get, and lose sight of the […]

what Jesus might reject?

I’ve been re-reading parts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. It is as jolting now as it was the first time I read it in my teens. Sit down and take a deep breath before you read these words from Chapter 2: The Call to Discipleship. “Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, […]

trust and fear

Psalm 115:11 speaks out a potentially very strange thing! “You who fear him, trust in the LORD— He is their help and shield.” ……..What an odd contradiction. The Bible says to trust in the Lord. But it also says to fear the Lord. Trust and fear seem to be mutually exclusive. But if you really think about it, you can’t separate them. They’re […]

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