As you will know I like the idea that life is a journey. I recently engaged with 2 different accounts of a journey along what is known as the Appalachian Trail in America. The Appalachian Trail is a journey of over 2100 miles through various terrain and habitats across America’s eastern seabord. It is a well established route but the 2 accounts of the journey which I encountered were of a completely different type. It made me think about the way we approach life’s journey. Continue reading “A New Year Message”
Since the 12th January we have started our celebration of Epiphany and the role of the Magi in the nativity story. And as soon as I mention the Magi, the Wise Men, the Kings who visited Jesus as a baby we will create a picture in our minds of 3 kings robed and probably wearing crowns and no doubt holding small packages representing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
It is perfectly natural that we will have this picture in our minds in association with the kings, the Magi, but it is of course a completely unfounded image. Continue reading “Epiphany 2020”
At the heart of a Christian attitude towards life is a sense of community. For the second commandment after loving your Creator is this .. Love Your Neighbour!! It is impossible to be fully human without interaction!
This need not be an abstract idea or a theological statement. This is not simply a teaching from the Bible but a reality of life … and no more so than in the season of Harvest. Continue reading “A Shared Harvest”
This morning we are called in the Anglican calendar to reflect on Michael and All the Angels of God. I wonder whether it is something you have ever given any serious thought to. What or who are the angels of God, of the Bible and of our liturgy and indeed our art and culture.? Continue reading “Michael and All Angels 2019”
At Pentecost we celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit amongst God’s people. It is worth recalling, however, that this is not the first time we hear of, or encounter, the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Whilst Pentecost is sometimes seen as the birth of the Church, it does not signify the birth of the Holy Spirit. The collective accounts of the Holy Spirit in the Bible remind us that above all else the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Peace! Continue reading “Pentecost:Peace not Chaos!”