What our youngsters are hoping for

On Friday I was part of a team that spent the morning at a local primary school with a Scripture Union worker, running an interactive session on Advent and Christmas, called Bubblegum’n’Fluff. We had over 2 hours with around thirty P6 children, playing games, doing crafts, and telling stories that would help to refresh and deepen their knowledge of the Christian tradition…

Migration and hope

The tv keeps showing us disturbing images of crowds of people, at border crossings and worse. Migration into Europe is a “crisis”, the radio says. “But what about the people?”, I want to fire back. As politicians wrangle, aren’t we losing sight of the fact that real people – our fellow human beings – are caught up in…

Sacred space

There’s something about cathedrals that has begun to draw me in over the last couple of years. So while I was holidaying within an hour’s drive of Exeter recently, I ended up having a look round the cathedral there. At the risk of a sweeping statement, Cathedrals in England seem somehow to “do” being Cathedrals better than…

God is Secret

“It would be wonderful to know everything about God – to discover where he is and what he looks like. We want to know everything immediately! But God remains secret for now. God has his own time. But that doesn’t matter, because we have our whole lives to come closer to this great secret.” –…

On Shepherding

What does it mean to be a shepherd? Different things to different people, no doubt. It’s context dependent, for one: Where are you? What is the land like? The climate? Do you (or can you) belong here? Do (or can) your flock? A shepherd will need to know, and will constantly be learning about, the…