I’m not very good at quiet – I’m quite a busy and frenetic person and so I find quiet difficult. Back when I was at theological college I wrote an article in our student rag about my distaste for the quiet and monastic spirituality that we often promote in the western world and it got… Continue reading Lent: Trials and Temptations.
So we are gathered here today as many of us do each year to receive ashes. Perhaps we should to be dressed in sackcloth as well. I’ve said before that while I find this a very moving service I have had pause to question what it’s purpose is, in the light of Easter. Surely the… Continue reading Ash Wednesday 2014
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
Well, I finally made a decision. I just could not think of a good enough reason to give up coffee. I cannot see how it would impact any benefit on my spiritual life or in what way it would help me find the discipline I need in my prayer life. If I think i drink… Continue reading Bring on the Beans
Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and it marks the beginning of Lent. Ashes were used in ancient times, according to the Bible, to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was a way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. We didn’t have a service with Ashes at Christ Church today, we did though… Continue reading Ashes to Ashes
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent. It is about this time on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day to you and me) that I start to panic that I should be giving something up for Lent, it seems the done thing to do. I have never been entirely sure about the idea of giving… Continue reading Leaning on Lentpost at the corner of the street…