Pretentious? Moi?

Featured in the Psychiatrist episode of Fawlty Towers, aired just over forty years ago, this two-word question must be a serious contender for the prize of the world’s shortest joke. If slipped in fast enough, it might have enabled Tim Vine to make a world record of...

Baruch atah Adonai Elohenu melek ha-olam

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe One of the things that I have learnt from those who practice the Jewish faith is that it is both healthy and necessary to keep coming back to square one and declaring the blessedness of God’s sovereignty....

Re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic

It was 1989, just over thirty years ago, when Spring Harvest had the theme – ‘What influences the Church today?’ and gave it the strapline – Deckchairs on the Titanic. Tens of thousands of Christians attended at the various venues, and there was some...

The bridge with no river

When Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras around twenty years ago, there was severe flooding which changed the course of the several hundred feet wide Choluteca River. The Choluteca Bridge, which had taken over two years to build and was one of the largest in Latin America,...

A PRAYER

Excuse me Mr. God, May I have a new heart please? I’m afraid this one is rather bruised and battered…it may even be broken…it certainly doesn’t seem to work anymore. Pardon? Oh!…Oh! I didn’t realise that. I didn’t realise that I could only have one,...

And Now for Something Completely Different

I once mentioned to a colleague that I thought I might have some new insights that could be relevant to understanding baptism. Heaving a world-weary sigh he said, ‘what possible new thing can you say about baptism?’ (Or it might have been ‘what possible new thing can...

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