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Reflections of a Lay Pastor: April 2nd 2017: Dem Bones

Ezekiel was a man in exile, about 600 years before the birth of Jesus,  so much is agreed.  The many early versions of his prophecy in Hebrew and Greek also all contain the vision in chapter 37;  so graphic;  so memorable in the song composed by the Edwardian James Wheldon Johnson:  “Them bones, them bones, [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: November 6th 2016: Asking the right questions

Today’s readings from Luke 20 and the second letter to the Thessalonians chapter two, are both examples of the irrelevant and futile questions that religious people sometimes ask, thinking that the answers might somehow be relevant to the Christian life:  whether it is the date of Jesus’ return or who will be married to whom [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: May 22nd 2016: Trinity Sunday

The writer of Psalm 8 rejoices in the dominion that human beings have over the Earth and all its creatures.  Well before, and ever since, the psalmist plucked his lyre, we have behaved pretty badly as stewards of creation.  Of all the species of human that there have been, at least six that we know [...]

A message from your Eco Officer December 2015

This is the time of year to think about energy bills, especially since the Paris Summit has given us such a good example of World-wide cooperation to reduce our use of fossil fuels. My gas and electricity bills have just arrived with their summary of how much energy our house has used this year. It [...]

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Reflections of a Lay Pastor: September 27th 2015

After a long period of things being “much the same”, sometimes things change very fast.  An accident which damages limbs or takes a life;  a heart attack;  the moment when you realise that a divorce is inevitable.  Those who study these things report that the “victims” are often not as upset as we expect them [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: August 23rd 2015

There are big things and then there are little things.  Big things are important; our church accepts the overwhelming evidence that human activities are putting the planet in danger of not being able to support human life for much longer;  and it has strong opinions on human trafficking, and the slavery that reduces prices in [...]

Reflection of a Lay Pastor for June 7th

John 21:1-14 has Jesus doing a barbecue on the beach for his disciples. I can’t find the words “have another beer, Peter?” but they would not seem out of place.  Jesus did turn gallons of water into wine at a wedding once.  I remember a beach barbecue with my family on the shores of the [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 22nd 2015

Today is World Water Day as decided by the United Nations Organization.  Fresh water is a precious resource that cannot be created easily.  Water is the best solvent there is;  so whenever you see water it probably has something dissolved in it;  maybe something that you don’t want or need or something that will do [...]