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 […]
February 29, 2020

Finding the Church

Between September 1665 and November 1666, in the village of Eyam, 260 people died of the plague, including a visitor who had come to sell cloth […]
February 12, 2020

Gold, frankincense and myrrh but no nappies

This post is my sermon for 5th January, focusing on gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-12). The wise men present gifts. It is often said that […]
October 31, 2019

Wishing you a terrified Halloween: mediums and the occult

The title comes from my annoyance at the local Sainsbury’s, which wishes its customers a happy Halloween. If you’re happy, it misses the point. Someone I […]
October 23, 2019

Is there any point in praying?

I actually believe in praying, but not for the reasons many people give. The Christian tradition offers different, and often conflicting, accounts of how to do […]