Thought for the Week

150 Years

150 Years.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 20 August 2021 This week we celebrated 150 years since St Stephen’s Church was opened.  We enjoyed a barbecue, we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and we shared a birthday cake which featured a model of the church.  And we sang the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness,

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Proud and Ashamed

Proud and Ashamed.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 16 July 2021 Many England football fans have had reason this week to feel both proud and ashamed, and I count myself among them.  We are proud of the team: for getting to the final of Euro 2020, for playing such attractive football, for

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The Beauty of Unity

The Beauty of Unity.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 9 July 2021 “For the first and only time in my presidency, we didn’t need to sell what we’d done.”  Those rueful words belong to Barack Obama, reflecting on the CIA-led operation in 2011, in which the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was

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It’s Coming Home

It’s Coming Home.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 2 July 2021 I was in London on Tuesday night when England beat Germany, although sadly not at the match.  I was walking with friends when suddenly a woman appeared right in front of us.  I don’t know where she came from.  She had

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The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories

The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 25 June 2021 Many conspiracy theories are relatively harmless, such as the belief that NASA faked the Moon landing (although people who accept one conspiracy theory are more prone to accept others).  But some have more serious consequences...

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Somebody to Love

Somebody to Love.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 18 June 2021 Perhaps a song by the rock group Queen is not the most likely source of spiritual inspiration.  Especially as lead singer Freddie Mercury openly expresses the struggles and longings of his bisexuality, perhaps against the background of his...

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A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 11 June 2021 It was a near-perfect day.  It was the first day of the cricket test match between England and New Zealand in Birmingham this week.  And I was there.  Okay, I know some of you will be struggling to put the words

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Faithful

Faithful.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 28 May 2021 Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor of Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He has written, “It is fairly common for people to ask how they might pray for me in my ministry, and as far back as I can remember my answer has been

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The God who sees

The God who sees.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 21 May 2021 Twenty-five years ago there was a famous – now notorious – BBC Panorama interview between the journalist Martin Bashir and Diana, Princess of Wales in which she spoke frankly of her failing marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales. A report

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Crazy Christians

Crazy Christians.mov from St Stephen’s & St Wulstan’s on Vimeo. 14 May 2021 The columnist Giles Coren has written the following in The Times: “I don’t see the big deal with Edwin Poots, the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist MP, being a creationist.”  He goes on: “Is there a scale of what is considered reasonable to

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