Revelation: giving confidence to a troubled Church

Our first reading this morning was the opening chapter of the Book of Revelation. These are the `famous last words` of the Bible. Revelation is a book which many find confusing and obscure; it`s widely misunderstood and to some it`s quite frightening. It`s certainly not the book we automatically turn to. All of which is…

`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…