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Damaging and Dangerous. A response to Angela Tilby

After Revd Angela Tilby’s column on the “family-olatory” of Christmas was published I wrote to the Church Times.  While I never expected my letter to be published I was shocked to see that the Church Times editors chose to only publish responses from female correspondents.   I am going to choose to believe that is… Continue reading Damaging and Dangerous. A response to Angela Tilby

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CofE Ministry Status Codes

Here’s a list of Church of England Ministry Error Codes inspired by a recent conversation on a certain clergy web forum. All are genuine http web error codes.  ***Simon Douglas has pointed out that these are in fact ‘status codes, but he is a self-confessed geek*** 400 Bad Request No. You cannot ask God to… Continue reading CofE Ministry Status Codes

Church · Church of England · Church Year · Lent · Sermon & Talks

Ashes to Ashes

2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10; John 8:1-11 The philosopher Kierkegaard once tried to describe the incarnation of God in Christ. He used this simple illustrative story: A certain king was very rich. His power was known throughout the world. But he was most unhappy, for he desired a wife. Without a queen, the vast palace was empty. One… Continue reading Ashes to Ashes

Change · Christian · Church of England · sexuality

Horse & Carriage

I’ve thought long and hard about posting on this issue.  Too often people who raise their heads above the parapet on the issue of human sexuality are shot down in proverbial flames of ‘Christian love’ and castigated for either being a wishy-washy liberal or an extreme conservative bigot.  I hope I am neither. I have come a… Continue reading Horse & Carriage

Christian · Church · Church of England · religion · Sermon & Talks

Synod, Suffragans & Sermons. Talk 25th November 2012

Readings: Galatians 3:21-29, John 20:1-18 I wonder how your week has been. I wonder how you feel as you come to worship today? Sometimes it’s hard as we gather here to remember why we do it. Why we get together and what it’s all for. Sometimes the issues and difficulties of our lives crowd in… Continue reading Synod, Suffragans & Sermons. Talk 25th November 2012

Bishops · Christian · Church · Church of England · Parish

Who leads the Church?

The past three weeks have been exciting here at St M’s. Taking the opportunity afforded us by a Community Remembrance Service in the village hall on the 11th we embarked on a long over-due renovation and redecoration of the Church building.  For two solid weeks a team of volunteers rallied and enabled by one couple specifically,… Continue reading Who leads the Church?

Church of England · Leadership · Ministry


Some time ago I met up unexpectedly with James Lawrence from CPAS at the 2011 CRE. At the time I was in my first year of a new post, having finished my curacy and taken the role as team vicar in my current parish. James asked me if I could write a few things about… Continue reading Transitions