Rev Canon David Jennings

This is the title of a Modern Church day conference in Lichfield on Saturday 1st November, led by David Jennings.

It has become an increasingly popular question. These are my own personal thoughts. No doubt the conference will be much more enlightening.

By the Deathbed, Edvard Munch

Last week I was privileged to be at the bedside of a man who was dying. I say privileged because the experience was akin to what I feel when I approach the altar before celebrating the Eucharist, a sense of being on holy ground, in the immanent presence of God and, like a number of Old Testament prophets who found themselves in a comparable situation, having nothing to say.

This post is based on Jesus’ parable of the labourers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), as I am preaching on it on Sunday. If you think it reads like a sermon, that's because it is one. It draws on a number of New Testament scholars.

The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard.

Refugees in a boat on the sea

Between January and August this year, 100,000 migrants landed on the Italian coast in search of a better life.

Rotten appleMy wife Marguerite retired a few weeks ago. She was looking forward to it, but just as it happened we had a succession of funerals to attend. It was as though we were given a reminder: with retirement, death approaches.

My own retirement was some time ago, in 2002. I was younger, but in poor health. In my mind I was crossing things off the list of things I hoped to do in the future, since I would never be well enough.