Disasters (Part 2)

Last week I wrote about disaster and how we should respond to them I concluded it with the following: “So, as we seek to recover as a church from the pandemic what lessons can we learn from scripture? Well, I seem to have digressed too much and we have run out of space. We’ll come back […]

‘After The Disaster’

Now, here’s a thing. About six months ago I wrote an academic paper on how communities recover from natural disasters and how we might apply the lessons from that to what happens once the covid-19 pandemic ends.  It drew on things such the UK Emergency Response and Recovery guidance[1], Chapter 5, for example, is focused […]

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Now, here’s a thing – Gerry Marsden died last week aged 78. Never heard of him? Well, he was the ‘Gerry’ of ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ part of the 60’s ‘Merseybeat’ boom that culminated in the Beatles. Anyhow, Gerry Marsden was best known for singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ (hereafter YNWA), although older readers may […]

It’s A New Year!

Now,  here’s a thing – sometimes there are very familiar verses of scripture that take on new meaning and significance as our circumstances change. Take this one, for example, ‘And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye […]

Respect and Tolerance

Now here’s a thing  – This article completely ignores Christmas, because whilst we can enjoy and celebrate Christmas, it is no reason for us to stop thinking! So, what should we tolerate and what should we not tolerate? What should we respect and what should we not respect? And should we respect everything we tolerate […]

95 Theses

Now, here’s a thing – ‘It has been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon…’ That was the regular opening to the monologue by Garrison Keillor on his radio programme ‘The Prairie Home Companion’ which ran in America in the 1980’s, with a later revival also.[1] ‘Lake Wobegon… where all the women are strong, all the […]

It’s a Wonderful Life

Now, here’s a thing – well two actually.  By the time you read this it will be December and less than a month to Christmas. Also, we have not had a film review for some time.  So, of course, it’s time to review ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946) as I promised I would some time […]

Meeting Together

Now, here’s a thing – over these past few months I have tried generally tried not to talk about Covid-19 and related matters in these bulletin articles. This mostly because we all get enough of it elsewhere and also because there are very different views about how best to deal with it and how well […]

A Sporting Life

Now, here’s a thing – Cricket can be quite a brutal game. We tend to think that is most true when fast bowlers are hurling the ball down at 90 mph+ and batsmen are jumping out of the way or getting hit hard.  As a boy living in Nottingham I grew up with tails of […]

Government

Now, here’s a thing. Sometimes a number of different events come together in a few days to remind us of a particular subject from the Bible, or even a single verse (In this case, Matthew 22:21). The first of these  events was the U.S. elections which happened on Tuesday, but which went on until Saturday […]