DARK SHADOW OVER THE NATION

“This year it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies”. “As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray”. (From the Queen’s Birthday message this week.) The Queen took the unusual step of sending out a message on her birthday celebration […]

“PUT NOT YOUR TRUST IN PRINCES”

This blog is not intended to make any “political” judgements over the extraordinary event of the election last week. Such judgements are all over the papers and still continuing!  I have found some of them to be very helpful, but the fact is that I have very little of the political “background” that would make […]

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

“John baptised with water but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit” (Jesus to his disciples) Acts 1:5 “Exalted to the right hand of God, he (Jesus) has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear”. (Peter preaching at Pentecost) Acts […]

AN EXCELLENT PRAYER INITIATIVE

We are coming to the end this week of what I believe is one of the most productive and promising of the many prayer initiatives that we have seen of recent years.  I am referring to the ten day prayer initiative launched by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and John Sentamu, the Archbishop of […]

STRAWS IN A SECULAR WIND

Recent reports from funeral directors and burial authorities have noted a very sharp decline in Church and Christian funerals.  Newspapers have commented on it. They have confirmed what many of us have noted with much sadness over a number of years. Funeral “services” can now be conducted by a great variety of people and are […]