April 10, 2020

Coronavirus and God

At times like this many people’s faith is tested. Suffering is, and always has been, the toughest challenge to believers. If God is in control, why […]
April 7, 2020

Dean’s Diary: Light and Dark in Holy Week

I am half expecting a Royal Visit.  One of the peculiarities in being the Dean of Christ Church Oxford is having to reside in the Deanery, […]
April 4, 2020

God is to be found in the virus

Covid-19 has upended ‘normality’ and we are in shock. We have been reminded of the fleeting nature of our lives, the frailty of our institutions and […]
April 3, 2020

Silent Enemy: a view from Colombo, Sri Lanka 

I watch every single day during my self-imposed quarantine period a herd of ‘great white pelicans’ (migrating birds) settling on a Banyan tree (ficus Benghalensis) about […]
March 31, 2020

Charisma & coercion: Manipulation & power abuse in the Church

THIS WAS the title of the Modern Church South West group day conference in Bath last month, led by Stephen Parsons, author of survivingchurch.org. The seeds for this day […]
March 31, 2020

House of Bishops Pastoral Statement on Marriage and Civil Partnerships: A Critical Appraisal

Civil Partnerships and Marriage In 2019 the British Government opened civil partnerships to heterosexual couples as well as to same sex couples, giving two options for […]
March 31, 2020

The Eucharist – A Virtual Necessity?

I am not a great Skype enthusiast. I don’t disagree with it in principle. It’s just that I find that it doesn’t quite deliver what it […]
March 31, 2020

Virtual Church?

We live in interesting times. We’ve all, suddenly, become familiar with new concepts like ‘social distancing’, ‘self-isolation’, and, apparently, ‘hand washing’; we’re even beginning to know […]
March 12, 2020

Signs of the Times 2019/2020