`Affairs of the heart`- A far too sentimental Jesus

Several times in recent days I`ve found myself in discussion with people about the possibility of holding a Marriage Ceremony when a former spouse is still living: It`s the vexed question of what we call the “re-marriage of divorcees”. Conversations like this are among the most challenging that clergy face because people often approach you…

Being a witness… `Conscientiously objecting`

I wonder if you remember `Ivor the Engine`, `Noggin the Nog` or `Bagpuss…` ? These much loved children`s stories were the creation of Oliver Postgate. He died back in 2008 and I recall something he said on Desert Island Discs. He was talking about what happened to him when he was called up for service…

Brace yourself ……for Holy Week

It`s often been observed that for a good many people the days and weeks leading up to their death are marked by a decreasing circle of contact with other people. This is a simplification but the picture is of seeing fewer of those we call acquaintances and much more of our closer circle of friends…

In the presence of the wise and gentle Jesus

The Gospel passage we`ve just heard (Mark 10.46-52) is to my mind one of the most poignant and evocative in the whole of Scripture. That`s a large claim but I think it`s all to do with the way this account of how Bartimaeus the blind beggar became a follower of Christ seems to draw us…