Category Archives: Ghostly Counsel

SPIRITUAL SINGING

The hardest aspect, for me, about worship in church at the moment is not being able to sing! Singing is an essential and life giving part of worship. St Augustine must have loved a good sing! It was he who … Continue reading

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LIVING WITH ANXIETY

ANXIETY Defeating the invader   Anxiety is the dark invader of the heart; it brings fear and confusion, it is associated with depression and the precursor of many forms of illness. Living and anxiety are inseparable; the changes and chances … Continue reading

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TRUE VISION

  ‘Where there is no vision the people perish,’ teaches the Book of Proverbs and the prophet Ezekiel warned that false visions will lead to the destruction of Israel. What is true for the people of God is also true … Continue reading

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CHEWING THE WORD

  George Herbert, the sixteenth century Anglican Priest and Poet wrote about the Country Parson that it was on the words of scripture ‘that he doth both suck and live.’ I like the image of ‘sucking’ the goodness out of … Continue reading

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WHAT IS TRUE PRAYER?

  St Simeon the New Theologian (a Byzantine monk of the late tenth century) wrote ‘ the theologian is he who is prayer is true.’ The relationship between our prayer and our believing is dynamic and a critical one: true … Continue reading

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SAVE THE BOOK

  There is no doubt that for many people digital and information technology have been a blessing in the past five months, for those able to access it. It has enabled families, friends and churches to stay connected. It is … Continue reading

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Reflections on the book of Acts : Something irresistible!

Acts 2:1–21 The Coming of the Holy Spirit [1] When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. [2] And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the … Continue reading

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Harvest Time: God and Creation

Harvest time: ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. For several years I had the great privilege to conduct a quiet day in a church set in a National trust property (Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire)–  every year the weather and the gardens … Continue reading

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Just in case you are going on hols! ( holiday praying)

If one is a person who prays the offices, the worst thing to do on holiday is to stop praying them. I know that not everyone would agree with that statement. I have heard it said: ‘having a rest from … Continue reading

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Corona Chronicles: 40: Singing is bad for your health.

  Rumour has it that when we are eventually allowed to return to Church for Public Worship  singing will be prohibited because it is dangerous: a sure way to spread a virus. Singing is certainly good for the soul. I … Continue reading

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