Monthly Archives: March 2011

NETWORK NOT WORK

Today I had a rare loiter around one of the villages in the Parishes. I spent some time with someone bereaved last autumn and she gave me a box of chocolates! It was also a day to take Arthur his … Continue reading

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THE ROSE BUD

THE ROSE BUD                                                                                                                                                         Nearing death, your memory gives birth to a vision of long forgotten   tenderness. An old farm worker taking a rose bud to his dying wife and showing her its bright dew-wet bursting bud of colour. You were … Continue reading

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TAKING COUNCIL

Some clergy moan like hell about PCC meetings and treat them as some kind of curse. It is true that they can be frustrating and  sometimes have very little in the way of useful outcomes.They usually work by veto – … Continue reading

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DIVES AND LAZARUS

DIVES AND LAZARUS  ( LUKE 16vv  19-31) At a Lenten Eucharist, there was priest dressed in purple and fine linen, who feasted sumptuously on the Bread of Life. Inside his heart lay a poor man, full of sores desiring to … Continue reading

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Third of Lent

John 4 vv 5-42 – The Samaritan Woman at the Well. Jesus said ‘If you knew the gift of God and who is it that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given … Continue reading

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HOSPITALITY

Years ago the Principal of Westcott House ( a theological college in Cambridge) remarked that Sian and I had the ‘gift of hospitality’ – the evidence was the endless procession of ordinands coming for tea, coffee, drinks, meals and the … Continue reading

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The second of Lent

‘ THE ONE WHO VISITED JESUS BY NIGHT’ Today’s New Testament Reading (John 3 13-20) Is part of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus. Nicodemus we are told in John’s account of the burial of Jesus (John 19 v 36) brought spices … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

In 1989 when Bishop Bob Hardy invited me to come to Edenham he said he wanted me ‘ to foster and promote spirituality’. The Diocese of Lincoln still pick up half the cost of my ministry and I am still … Continue reading

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HUMILITY

‘The last sin to be overcome is pride.’ This is an oft repeated saying of the Desert Fathers – the first monks in the Egyptian Desert in the fifth century. A monk of the next century, Benedict wrote a rule … Continue reading

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TO WHOM ELSE SHALL WE GO?

Today, usually my dog collarless day ( or day off) I decided to catch up on some long distance visiting. Following School Assembly I took home communion to a couple – the lady of the house is recovering from an accident. … Continue reading

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