Well-meaning rhetoric about ‘persevering’ isn’t that helpful right at the moment.
Hope, assurance of restoration, and belief in the God who can bring an end to all suffering, does not prevent Jesus weeping.
In the face of increasing turmoil, let's continue to follow the 'Golden Rule', and 'do unto others', even in a pandemic.
The yearning for returning to the past may keep us from discovering the new opportunities and perspectives which this time affords us.
Repetition ends with failure, and begins with hope. So perhaps love might even interrupt repetition, it might be the end of history.
One of the phrases that must be in contention for the phrase of the year contest is ‘the new normal.’
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...
The impact of the past on the present is not fixed for nations and peoples, any more than it is for individuals.
Over the weeks of lockdown through the coronavirus, we celebrated major festivals of the church’s year: in particular, the death, resurrection and ascension...
Almost three months ago – when shops had just closed, borders had been shut, and we were beginning to hunker down into an indefinite period of home isolation...
In the past week, a cry of protest against systemic violence and racism has erupted in our world.
What’s 'normal'? We hear a lot about the 'new normal' which has emerged in this lockdown period and which will gradually emerge as we transition not only out...
Art often provides us with a glimpse of reality. It provides us with the possibility of thinking differently by estranging us from ourselves for a moment.
The Johannine epistles have a lot to say about group boundaries and who is in and who is out.
When I worked in Kenya in the 1980s, news circulated from Uganda of a disease which caused healthy young adults to lose weight rapidly and die.
In Psalm 135, the Psalmist writes: ‘The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have...
Just when I thought I had the ageing thing nailed, the government intervened.
Like me, I am sure you have all noticed how much more silence there is in these days of isolation and being-at-home
During the summer of 1944 – 15 months into a 2-year imprisonment that would end in his execution in the Flossenbürg concentration camp – Dietrich Bonhoeffer...
The word Sabbath, Shabbat in Hebrew, comes from a root word meaning “to cease”: it is the cessation of work on the seventh day
There is a sign on an Alaskan highway that warns drivers about the limitations facing them ahead. It reads “Choose you rut carefully, as you will be in it...
One of the things that it is easy to forget while “we” are in isolation is that not all of us are so lucky.
Not “going to church” can make us feel really guilty, especially if we have been brought up that this was something we really ought to do.
‘But Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ (John 14:5) is Thomas’ anguished cry as Jesus announced his imminent departure...
Times of stress often lead to periods of deep introspection. Lent is already a period set aside by the Church for reflection and thoughtfulness.
Staying home is now our new normal. And going to church at home has become the way we belong to the Body of Christ.
Meditation on Hebrews 2:5-18: This passage from Hebrews was the New Testament reading set for morning prayer on the feast of the Annunciation on 25 March...
In times of crisis, danger, and fear, the Church has frequently sought solace in Hebrew resources of lament and supplication.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
How’s your blood pressure?
COVID-19 is leading to lock-downs the likes of which we have not seen in generations.
Over the centuries, the logistical issues of participating in worship exercised the Jewish ancestors of our faith.
COVID-19 has brought the frailty and vulnerability of the body into sharp relief.
In a society which already experiences so much social isolation—that is only exacerbated by social media—the idea of churches being forced to cease to gather...