Disappointment at Christmas

Disappointment at Christmas

What a week. On Monday our Village Carol service went really well. Lots of people attended, the Hot Chocolate bar was a massive hit, and there was an amazing and quite unexpected answer to prayer afterwards. So I came home feeling demob happy. I slumped on the sofa,...
The Christmas Minstrel

The Christmas Minstrel

Preparing a Christmas sermon I came across this line from the poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Ring out the want, the care, the sin,The faithless coldness of the times;Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymesBut ring the fuller minstrel in. Being no...
Quiet Please

Quiet Please

Sunday night’s Match of the Day opens in Manchester. It’s the weekend before Armistice Day and time to observe the act of Remembrance. The players stand around the centre circle where a carpet bearing a poppy is unfurled. The Band Sergeant Dave Pickles from the Duke...
Assisted Dying

Assisted Dying

The 8:10 interview on Radio 4 last week was concerned with the Assisted Dying Bill currently going through Parliament. It was an even-handed discussion allowing both sides to give their views fairly. But I was provoked a little bit when Michael Forsyth said, “I think...
Blair and Brown: The New Labour Revolution

Blair and Brown: The New Labour Revolution

I’ve been watching Blair and Brown: The New Labour Revolution on BBC iPlayer and I can’t get enough of the silences. Tony Blair says his piece, the camera lingers and we get to watch his face as he replays it all in his head. The words, the gestures, the phrases. Did...
Miss Kabul

Miss Kabul

Saigon, 30th April 1975. The Peoples Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong had finally taken the capital of South Vietnam and raised their flag over the presidential palace. Surprised by the speed with which Saigon had fallen, the Americans began Operation Frequent Wind,...