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On Hearing Hard Truths

When I was fifteen, I was at a church youth camp where there were about 600 young people. We were having a lovely time. Then we were visited by Evan Jones, the minister from an inner city parish. He said … Continue reading

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On the Difference Between the Ideal and the Real In The Media and the Church

Over the Summer, I heard a replayed interview from Radio National’s ‘Saturday Extra’. The person interviewed was Emma Sky, an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, who was an advisor to the US Military in Iraq. Here is what she said, … Continue reading

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Reflections On Leaving A Congregation

    This is my last reflection from Montreux. It is one of the hardest ones to write because there are so many options. I remember the time when the question of my being ordained was to be decided. I … Continue reading

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How ‘Being a Bother’ Can Be A Good Thing

How many phone calls have you had that begin with the phrase ‘I’m sorry to bother you…but.” The person ringing feels as though to claim the time of another person is to be a ‘bother’ to them. Maybe they feel … Continue reading

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What Is “Temporal Bandwidth” And Why Should A Christian Care?

    I came across a really interesting idea in a post from the New York Review of Books. * The idea is called ‘Temporal Bandwidth”. Now before clicking ‘off’, have a listen to this. Bandwidth is an idea that … Continue reading

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More on ‘Integration” But At The Personal Level

I have been thinking a bit more about the idea of ‘integration’ and this section of the Play ‘A Man for all Seasons’ came to me. Richard Rich wants a job. Sir Thomas More won’t give him one but Cromwell … Continue reading

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On The Relationship Between Intention and Action

It so happened that my memories of the ‘resilience training’ and my watching of the Robert Redford movie ‘the Last Castle’ coincided. This movie is about an army general, who, for the best of motives, disobeys orders, saves some lives, … Continue reading

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