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Time

Time is a strange thing. Although the constant ticking of the second hand of a clock reminds us that time passes at a constant rate, our experience of it is very different.

Caves and Lockdowns

Caves are often considered to be dark and unpleasant places, yet Plato and Inigo of Loyola let us see them as places for reflection and preparation for life.

Do unto others

I often hear that people like Jesus’ encapsulation of the Law and Prophets in what has become known as the Golden Rule from Matthew 7. Or at least they like the sentiment behind it but wonder whether it is even able to...

The gift of patience

The scriptures have a lot to say about waiting. The psalmist calls out ‘how long’ almost more often than any other prayer. At times, it can seem that God is just far off or even indifferent to our circumstances, but as...

The Perils of Perseverance

Perseverance would have to be one of my least favourite virtues. I hate being told to persevere; to ‘just keep going’. As if I weren’t already doing my best, or trying my hardest…The whole notion of perseverance...

Hope

Hope, assurance of restoration, and belief in the God who can bring an end to all suffering, does not prevent Jesus weeping. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; as they are...

Trauma and ‘the new normal’

One of the phrases that must be in contention for the phrase of the year contest is ‘the new normal.’ Just searching the news gives over a million hits in the last month alone. But the rapid reoccurrence of this phrase...

Breaking the chain

The story in which Ishmael and Hagar are driven out into the wilderness by Sarah, with Abraham’s  complicity, has often been read as setting up the animosity which has persisted between different nations and faith...

Reflection on the Trinity

Over the weeks of lockdown through the coronavirus, we celebrated major festivals of the church’s year: in particular, the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, along with his sending of the Spirit. Trinity Sunday...

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