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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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Pentecost Reflections

Waking early and witnessing the dawning of a new day, the heralding of birds summoning songs of praise and the warmth of the sun emerging and beckoning new life and the blossoming of fruit and flowers in the garden.  Our … Continue reading

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A Welcome Voice in Parliament

Thank goodness we now have the emergence of a more effective Opposition. The bluff and bluster politics which has dominated the present government and its leadership over the few years, not least the rhetoric used in the Referendum and Brexit … Continue reading

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Christ is risen

May the risen Christ be known this day, as on that first Easter; in the unexpected places of our hearts and minds; in gardens and workplaces, at breakfasts and barbecues, as we walk and talk, in our wondering and weeping, … Continue reading

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Lent

Spring is in the air. Snowdrops and aconites are carpeting the ground, daffodil shoots are emerging and the birds are busy in nest making mode. Signs of new life are all around.I appreciate living in a country that witnesses the … Continue reading

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