Tag Archives: hope

Transformed in God’s abundant grace

There are some great magic tricks. The best ones leave us baffled as to how they do them. We know that they are illusions, tricks of hand and distraction, but when skillfully executed they draw us into a suspension of … Continue reading

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Being like stars – shining light, hope and wonder

Stars are very Christmassy. They twinkle, they shine, they have a magic all of their own. And a star is a very familiar part of the Christmas story. A star shines over the place where Jesus is born, so that … Continue reading

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Grief and the Surprising Warmth of Hope

A couple of years ago I picked up a book in Waterstone’s. I’d forgotten about it, but it has been siting, perched on a shelf and it came fluttering down to my mind the other day. ‘Grief is the thing … Continue reading

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Broiled Fish – Security clearance to tell a story of peace and hope

I don’t think I have ever eaten broiled fish. I had to look it up and the first recipe that came up was for broiled lobster, which made today’s Gospel reading seem very upmarket (Luke 24:36-48). Perhaps Jesus liked playing … Continue reading

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A narrative of hope: the treasure we share in the public square

Many people have found this a difficult week. The terror attack in Manchester on Monday, which killed 22 people, the youngest of which was just 8 years old, has shocked, appalled and deeply disturbed practically everyone. No one I have … Continue reading

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The negligent manager and primacy of justice

One of the privileges of being vicar of the city centre church and parish is that it brings me into fairly regular contact with our civic leaders and politicians. The tie-in with the cathedral strengthens that and brings a number … Continue reading

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Water, wine, wedding

Water, wine, wedding banquets; these all have powerful resonance in the Bible. Water is the primordial stuff, which is separated at the creation right at the beginning of the book of Genesis (chapter 1).   It is a gut feeling that … Continue reading

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