Our First Love

Our First Love

The gospel injunction to “love our enemies” and “pray for those who persecute us” sits uneasily with modern sensibilities. In politics, such a modus operandi is perceived as weakness and may signal doom at the next election. Even in the Church, the words of our Lord...
Sovereignty & Love

Sovereignty & Love

A number of weeks ago I went to a prayer meeting that began, as almost all such gatherings do, with a time of praise and adoration of God. How we pray spontaneously – the language and the ‘personal liturgy’ that we use – tells us a great deal about who we...
At the Party

At the Party

It happens at social gatherings. First, the (almost) inevitable question: And what do you do for a living? Next, the deep breath followed by the fatal confession: Actually, I’m a Christian Minister, yes, a clergyman, one of those. The reaction varies but quite...
A STORY NEEDING TO BE TOLD…

A STORY NEEDING TO BE TOLD…

Amongst the many daily demands on time, I am struggling to fulfil a task, which I see as my chief calling at present. For the last twelve years, I have been writing a biography of someone whose life is the best illustration I know of deep human love and committed...

Reasons to be Hopeful

REASONS TO BE HOPEFUL  The news headlines over recent weeks have been as dispiriting as any recent period I can remember. The outworking of the climate emergency is increasingly apparent, unfolding on every continent and with the scale and frequency of extreme weather...