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St Aidan’s day

A Great Leader As I celebrate St Aidan’s day, back home here in Northumberland, my Facebook reflections on his life written last year in Ireland, still resonate. Perhaps more so, given the need today for such leadership that serves the … Continue reading

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Lent

A cake to mark our Mardi Gras, the last, as tomorrow marks Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Lent a period of abstinence that culminates in the celebration of Easter, the event that was to change the course of … Continue reading

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A Call to Pause and Pray.

On a day when the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited us to pause, pray and remember 100,000 people ‘known to God and cherished by God’ it’s a time also to reflect and lament. It is a solemn day. The number … Continue reading

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Reflections on New Year’s Eve

2020 the year the world changed beyond measure and a new era dawned.  My thoughts and feelings revolve paradoxically between hope and despair. Hope that out of the tragedy and the challenges of the present there may come affirmation of … Continue reading

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Respect

I deleted a post on Facebook yesterday. This is the first time that I felt I needed to do this. I did this because of the manner in which some people communicated with one another. I post, blog and write … Continue reading

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That was the week that was – reflections on the past seven days.

This time last week I was multitasking; simultaneously preaching in Cornwall, Canada and Ireland whilst walking along the banks of the River Wear at Chester-le- Street – such are the wonders of modern technology and pre-recorded sermons and talks! I … Continue reading

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Women of Blessing

Yesterday, in our Northumbria Community’s Celtic Daily Prayer, we celebrated the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Marking her saints day found me reflecting on the enormous blessing that she was and continues to be through her writings. Reading about … Continue reading

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Blessed St. Aidan’s Day

Waking in Ireland and returning tomorrow to Northumbria, giving thanks to God for the Celtic saint who among many has been the most influencial in my own life and calling. Ordained under his statue on Lindisfarne, gathering most Easter Sundays … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS 40 Years Ordination Anniversary.

It’s an anniversary; 40 years since I was ordained to the ministry. Prayed for under the shadow of Aidan’s statue on Lindisfarne before going on to the formal ordination service at Castlegate Baptist Church in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Later that summer I was inducted … Continue reading

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The Celts and Lockdown

Transcript of a talk given today for a Baptist Union of Great Britain webinar. I’ve become very weary of the term unprecedented times, not least because they are not unprecedented or unpredicted. I have ecently returned to a book I first … Continue reading

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