I wrote the following article for the Ordinands Association website: “You are training to serve a world which hasn’t yet been imagined in a church which we don’t yet recognise...” So began the lectures on Christian leadership which I used to give at Cranmer Hall. Before me sat 30-40 people with an average of 35-45 years… Continue reading How do we train ministers for a world we haven’t yet imagined?
We are at that time of year where people give up chocolate, or beer, or television, or whatever, but this year I’m not giving anything up except for a few hours each week. I am going to do a bit more volunteering around the North East and write about it each week to celebrate and… Continue reading What does a Bishop give up for Lent?
A few weeks ago a friend of mine tweeted about whether God really called more clergy to the South East than the North East or whether we were being deaf to God’s call. Lots of people objected strongly… which is lovely but not entirely reassuring, and has left me thinking about whether we are,… Continue reading I’ve crafted myself a more comfortable cross…
One of the small but vital roles I have in the national church is to be part of a stakeholder group for a project called 'Living Ministry' which is a big bit of research into how we help clergy (or ministers) thrive. I wrote the following for their blog to explain why I think this… Continue reading Living Ministry – Caring for our Clergy
A few days ago I posted about the gift of friendship. I have been pondering this, not least the other evening when I was trying to help someone who was simply being rude to me. How are meant to behave when friendship is impossible to establish whether that is is the short term or on a… Continue reading All in the same boat… well, train
The 2nd February used to be a massive party-day in the life of the church and nation. Great feasts lit by thousands of candles would be held as we celebrated Christ being presented at the temple and being recognised by Simeon and Anna (you can read about this in Luke 2 verses 22-38). This was… Continue reading What if…
Yes... that really is the title for this book, and I confess that I was not all that excited when I picked it up. A wordy, slightly misleading title and a dull cover are the weakest things about the book but fortunately we all know that you should not judge a book by... I am… Continue reading Lent and Easter Reflections for the Younger Crowd
This book appeared in my Christmas stocking, and I felt that I ought to read it early in the year both because it was written by the Archbishop of Canterbury and because if I'm going to comment on Lent1 books then I ought to do it before Lent starts. I guess it might have proved a tad awkward… Continue reading Dethroning Mammon
A week ago I was walking back from the shop when my phone pinged and I got a message telling me that a 58 year old friend of mine had died suddenly the night before. I still struggle to believe it a week later, even though I know it is true and I have great peace… Continue reading The gift of a friend
Today is the feast of the Epiphany, the time when we traditionally remember the visit of the magi, the wise men, or the 'kings' to the infant Christ. In my house there will be excitement as the three little wooden figures of aged men carrying gifts will stop being moved around the house every night (sometime… Continue reading The wisdom of the Wise…