Jun 2017

Hate cannot drive out hate

I read this morning about someone who was beaten up by Grenfell Tower protesters.  He was apparently mistaken for the CEO of the management company responsible for Grenfell Tower, whereas in fact he had been volunteering to support the victims (see here ).
May 2017

The most important word

In Numbers 9, the Israelites are pressing Moses for an answer on a difficult question regarding the law. They are commanded to keep the Passover, but that law clashes with the law concerned uncleanness after touching a corpse. What should they do?
Aug 2016

Thank you

This is a message for everyone at the Arden Marches Group of Parishes who contributed so generously to my writing desk. It took me a long time to find the right writing desk, and it final..
Category Life
Mar 2016

St Editha’s Amington

The following is an extract from a press release read out in church yesterday: The Bishop of Birmingham is delighted to announce today that Rev Ben Green has been appointed as the next Vicar of Ami..
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Mar 2016

When I Survey

Mum sent me this wonderful video yesterday, and I played it during communion at our Maundy Supper last night.  It is a beautiful piano arrangement of the old hymn  When I Survey , while a painting of..
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Oct 2015

Glory in Despair

This morning I read Psalm 88 as part of Morning Prayer . It is a song of isolation, rejection, trouble, and - probably - depression. The psalmist cries to God and yet God stays hidden. He lists his ..
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Aug 2012

Psalm 30: I will praise you for ever

David wrote Psalm 30 for the dedication of the Temple, praising God for helping and healing him when David called for help. He calls on the people to praise God, for his anger is only temporary.
May 2012

Weakness turned to Strength

This morning I read Hebrews 11, which is of course the famous ‘By faith..’ passage, listing various Old Testament examples of faithful followers of God, from Abel to Rahab before skipping over Gideon, David and Samuel in a single verse.
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Apr 2012

The Bankers

There possibly is no dirtier word in Britain at the moment than ‘banker’.  They have become villains of almost pantomime proportions, with people practically hissing whenever anyone mentions ‘the bankers’ on the BBC’s Question Time.
Mar 2012

Questioning God

In Job 37 Elihu (the youngest of Job’s ‘friends’ in the conversation about his suffering) tells Job to ‘stop and consider the wondrous works of God’ (v14).  From thunder and lightning to snow and rain, animals, whirlwinds and people, God made them all, is behind, above and beyond them all, upholds and sustains them all.  
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