Thought for the day

“I’m too busy”

Dear Friends, I’ve lost count of the number of times people have told me they’re too busy to come to church, or that they’ll come to something if they’re not busy.  It sounds very reasonable.  After all, none of us can be in two places at once.  And we do need to honour commitments that

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Happy New Year?

Dear Friends What will this new year hold for us? It wouldn’t take long to list our hopes and fears, the things we would like to happen and the things we are afraid might happen. And we could quickly write lists not only for ourselves, but also for our loved ones, our church and our

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For us, now

Dear Friends, A few weeks ago, my wife Helen and I enjoyed a real treat. We took an audio tour of paintings at the National Gallery in London. The tour was entitled ‘The Life of Christ’ and the first painting was of The Annunciation, by Carlo Crivelli, painted in 1486. It depicts the scene from

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Some of us know how he might have felt

Dear Friends, It is now two weeks since Gary Speed, the Wales football manager, was found dead, presumably having taken his own life.  There have been many touching tributes from fans, players and pundits.  If only he could have seen and heard the good things people are saying about him now, surely he wouldn’t have

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Onward

Dear Friends, ‘Onward’ is how Howard Schultz, founder and CEO of Starbucks, signs off his communiqués.  It is also the title of his book, which tells the story of how he returned as CEO in 2007 after a slump in the company’s performance.  What did he do to turn the company around and make it

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Count your blessings

Dear friends, There’s an old children’s chorus that goes like this: “Count your blessings, name them one by one… And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”  When was the last time you did that?  When you stopped and listed some of the many good things God has given you and done for

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You gotta serve somebody

Dear friends, It was Bob Dylan who sang, “You gotta serve somebody.”  We’re all serving someone or something.  We all have something we’re living for, and therefore serving.  It may be an ambition, a dream, a person.  Sadly, most of those things or people will let us down – all except one.  As Tim Keller

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“I have to do this”

Dear Friends, We were visiting friends in Cambridge during the recent half-term break.  We hadn’t seen them for several years, but we had worked closely together on an early version of what has become the Christianity Explored course.  That was about fifteen years ago.  So there was the joy of catching up with old friends,

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What should I have said?

Dear Friends, I should have seen it coming. I was talking with a lady I met. It wasn’t long before she found out that I was a vicar, and straight away she asked me what I thought of the protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral. I could have been prepared for that one! To my shame,

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What does it mean to be Anglican?

Dear Friends, That is a question that has been forced upon us with the disagreements in the Anglican Communion. (The Church of England, of which we are part, is the Anglican church inEngland, while the Anglican Communion comprises the Anglican church in every countrywhere it exists). One way to answer the question is to say

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