Category: Reflections

Totally unqualified…

This week it’s graduation time. As chaplains we have the interesting job of accompanying the honorary award recipients. Yesterday we were with a particularly impressive man called Mark Fosbrook. Mark has had a very successful sporting career as…

A tricky question

The Pharisees plotted a way to trap Jesus into saying something damaging. They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately,…

Wrestling with God

How should we relate to God? Should we treat him with respect, and reverence? Should we prepare ourselves first? Should we stand far off, with our head bowed? This story suggests that there is room for another way…

Healing Souls

Tomorrow is St. Luke’s day. We know a little bit about Luke – he travelled with Paul on some of his journeys and Paul calls him the ‘dear doctor’. He also wrote a couple of the books in…

Annoying prophets

I expect you can guess what make me think about annoying prophets this week. The Extinction Rebellion protesters see themselves as prophets – and we may well agree. Some people certainly seem to find them annoying. But how…

Ordinary angels

How do you imagine angels? Here’s a reading from the Book of Acts… At that time King Herod caused terrible suffering for some members of the church. He ordered soldiers to cut off the head of James, the…

The daily podcast – a poem

Not having the all surrounding headphones I listen to the daily podcast. As I tune in, I hear the first blackbirds calling to each other from deep in the trees. A child sings with his mother, and a…

The golden thread

‘And that’s about it, friends. Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure. Greet…

Strength for the journey

Go Peaceful  by Paul Field Go peaceful in gentleness through the violence of these days. Give freely. Show tenderness in all your ways. Through darkness, in troubled times let holiness be your aim. Seek wisdom. Let faithfulness burn…

Transitions

It seems appropriate that we’re thinking about the Ascension today, at a time when lots of students – and some staff – are experiencing big transitions. Some final year students are coming in to say their goodbyes. Others…