Book Review: When God is Silent by Barbara Brown Taylor

This blog has been silent for a while for various reasons. Maybe it’s appropriate then, that the first post for a while is about silence. This is a review that I wrote for the Methodist Recorder which was published this week: When God Is Silent – Divine Language Beyond Words by Barbara Brown Taylor (Canterbury […]

Have Yourself a Really Real Christmas…

The run-up to Christmas feels different this year. I’m writing this on the last day of November. Tomorrow will be December 1st, the first Sunday in Advent, time to open the first shiny new door of the Advent calendar and enjoy the (appropriately Fairtrade) chocolate inside. We briefly went to Cribbs Causeway today and it […]

A Prayer for the Stationing Process

Methodist ministers looking to move are reading intently at the moment. It’s the start of the stationing process, which in a nutshell involves two large documents issued in PDF or paper form. (the PDF was emailed out yesterday). The first, seen by the ministers who are moving, contains profiles of each ‘station’ looking for a new minister […]

Malala and the Power of Books

A million books under one roof. That’s heaven for some people and hell for others. Despite the advent of texts, tablets, Kindles and audiobooks, the centrality of the printed word as part of our history and culture came to the fore today as the Library of Birmingham opened. Costing £189 million, the brand new building […]

This Is Not Really About Trains

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many members of the clergy are also railway enthusiasts. Before you sigh and click to leave the page – oh no, here comes another trainspotter – I am happy to admit that I have never stood at the end of a platform waiting for a particularly special engine […]

Bowing Out for a Bit..

So I managed a couple of weeks of the Lent Challenge set by the House for All Sinners and Saints…but now I’m bowing out. I haven’t done any of the challenges this week and a family member is terminally ill so the rest of Lent is going to be spent supporting those we love. Apologies […]

Days 14-16 – Catching Up!

How are you getting on with the things that you have given up or taken up for Lent? Two-and-a-half weeks in, it’s a weird time – Lent feels like it’s been going on for ages, but it hasn’t really and we’re not even half way yet. There are three Lent challenges which I need to […]