Author Archives: Revd Canon Ian Black

About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough and Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral in the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough. He served as Rural Dean of Peterborough for 5 years. Prior to moving to Peterborough, Ian was in Leeds for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian was born and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon and is a former head chorister at Shakespeare's Church - Holy Trinity. He studied in Canterbury, Lincoln Theological College and has a Master of Divinity degree from Nottingham University. He is married with two sons. Publications include three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His most recent book, 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus', was published by Sacristy Press in 2017. There is a hymn based on this 'Christ the Saviour'. He has been writing online since the mid 1990s. Ian is a keen photographer and these frequently appear in his posts and on social media.

O Adonai – An Advent Reflection for 18th December

Each evening in these final 7 days of Advent, we are putting the finishing touches to our Christmas tree in the church using symbols which help us tell the story of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ. These use ancient texts … Continue reading

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O Wisdom – An Advent Reflection for 17th December

Over the next 7 days, I’m going to be reflecting in a series of videos on some ancient texts. These are known as the Great Os, because each of them begins “O” – ‘O Wisdom’, ‘O Emmanuel’, ‘O Key of … Continue reading

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Bethany Beyond the Jordan – A place to reset the tone

Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the setting of today’s Gospel reading (John 1:6-8, 19-28), is a site of deep significance. Clearly John the Baptist upped its profile for Christians as the site of his baptisms, particularly the Baptism of Jesus. Today … Continue reading

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Getting back to basics with John the Baptist and St Nicholas

Most morning’s I walk past a pawn brokers in the city centre on my way to buy a paper. The symbol of those who give loans secured on items with a certain value deposited as security or sold to them … Continue reading

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Light, beauty and strength in our weakness

We have now entered Advent, the season of preparation for the coming Saviour. It is a season where the central themes are watching and waiting, but can feel more like ones of frenetic activity, purchasing and parties – well in … Continue reading

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Advent Sunday: Meaning is in the Waiting

There are lots of images of life as a journey, travelling along a road towards a goal and with a clear sense of destination. We are already on the bus and it is taking us through perhaps a number of … Continue reading

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Kingship with a ‘to do’ list – Living the fullness of Christ

Celebrating the Feast of Christ the King today brings us to the end of the church’s year. This is literally it’s crowning glory. Today is Near Year’s Eve for us as next week we enter Advent and the start of … Continue reading

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Homemaking – This house runs on love

I was in a motorway service station, last year travelling between places on my sabbatical. In a shop I found this sign and thought, that’ll be useful for a sermon one day and I think this might be it. It … Continue reading

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Hugh of Lincoln and his swan. Justice, holiness, calm in the storm, courage to speak truth to power.

I was in a garden centre before lockdown and found this fun, novelty watering can. It is a swan and for all of us with Lincoln connections that means just one thing, St Hugh, the saintly bishop of Lincoln whom … Continue reading

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Hope in dark times: All Saints Sunday

I don’t know if you usually do something for Halloween – carving pumpkins, dressing up, having a bit of a scary time – or if you avoid it at all costs. I confess to being rather bemused by the whole … Continue reading

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