It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of themagnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete,which is another way of saying that the Kingdom always … Continue reading Prophets of a future not our own
I am still finding myself caught up in a moment from a couple of weeks ago, when we were asked by Revd Sam Corley to turn to John 22. He waited for us to return our gaze, after finding the inevitable, "There are missing chapters in these scriptures because people close doors." He said. At … Continue reading John 22
Small metaphorical alarm bells sound in my head on Wednesday evening as I find myself at community group struggling to keep focused. If there is such a thing as 'present without leave' then I am it. Despite living in the same house, Anna and I hadn't properly caught up in about a week. Sat on … Continue reading I am making choices
In 2017, I took my last flight. I knew before I went to Vienna with my friend Amy that it was going to be my last flight. I had already reached the point of active discomfort about flying, and I knew that, holding the values I do, I couldn't continue. What follows is simply an … Continue reading Why I stopped flying.
What makes us worthy? That we are God's.
half-baked thoughts on the metaphysics of hope
Another year has gone. Once again I find myself amazed and bewildered by how much can change, and yet how quickly change turns into routine. 18 months out and Cambridge is already 'two lives' ago. As I compiled the photos in this post I was struck by a profound sense of gratitude. I am incredibly … Continue reading Thoughts on 2019
What does it mean to say 'My Lord'?
Bad poetry seems to be the order of the week friends (sorry). A continuing theme of the last few years has been realising life's indeterminacy and navigating personal disappointments - both my own and those of friends'. At the end of my year in London I had to write a reflective essay, in which I … Continue reading they didn’t tell me about the grey
Recognition of worthiness unites wisdom and worship. This past week I've been thinking about this connection, and about holding together authority with vulnerability, justice with trust, and conviction with risk. I've been writing the below on a train to Manchester by way of processing. it strikes me that wisdom and worship are companions - in … Continue reading wisdom + worship
Maybe it's the nights getting colder, and the feeling of setting out home in the dark - but I've been thinking a lot about holding onto light this week. "Let there be light" God says, at the beginning of creation. "There will be no more night" promises Revelation. And yet, so often the darkness of … Continue reading holding to light