Category Archives: Essays

PLEASE! DON’T CLOSE THE VILLAGE CHURCH!

The Corona Crisis might be the final wave in a long and powerful tide that will sweep the rural church away. The pandemic has precipitated crisis in church incomes and, as with many other area of life the has hastened … Continue reading

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I BELIEVE IN LIFE

Yesterday, I spent some time with a friend who is dying. I have known her for over thirty years. She was, when our children were small, a constant presence: generous, supportive and loving in a restrained and gentle way. I … Continue reading

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Corona Chronicles 22: The Queen of Sciences.

The last Sunday we were allowed in church was the Third Sunday in Lent. The Gospel for the today was John 4 – The Samaritan Woman at the Well. The text I used as a starting point for the Homily … Continue reading

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THE PRIEST AS DOLPHIN

One of the little jobs I have is helping a Curate in his Deacon’s (first) year of ordained ministry reflect theologically on his experience as it unfolds. I have been approved as a ‘Theological Reflector’ by the Diocese and I … Continue reading

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THE TWO WAYS OF THE SPIRIT.

TWO WAYS OF THE SPIRIT and the use of images in Christian prayer.   In his wonderfully rich, insightful and poetic history of the Holy Spirit ‘The Descent of the Dove.’ (1939) Charles Williams (a late edition to the Oxford … Continue reading

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C A LEWIS – A REFLECTION ON WHAT MADE HIM TICK

Where are they now? Where are the lay theologians, both men and women, which were such a feature of British academic and literary life of the twentieth century? The following list by no means a complete one: G K Chesterton, … Continue reading

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A summary of The Scale of Perfection

THE SCALE (OR LADDER) OF PERFECTION WALTER HILTON (D 1349) ( numbers in brackets refer to paragraph numbers) Hilton served as an Augustinian Canon at Thurgaton (nr Southwell).The Augustinian rule was a rule for ‘a mixed life’ seeking a balance … Continue reading

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Advent Poetry – Judgement

JUDGEMENT For the last of our three evenings exploring three of the four ‘last things’ we turn to Judgement. As we pray in the Te Deum at Morning Prayer ( and in more traditional funeral rites) –‘ we believe (Christ) … Continue reading

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ADVENT POETRY – HEAVEN

Address for an Advent Quiet Evening In our second evening reflecting on three of the Advent themes with the help of poetry we approaching  the mystery of heaven. How shall we define it? A state of eternal being in communion … Continue reading

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