Thursday, 14 November 2013
Monday, 16 September 2013
I love walking in the Yorkshire Dales.
During my last visit there, I decided to walk up Great Whernside, a big bald moor rising above Wharfedale. I set off with my map, bag and compass, quickly reaching the moor wall, beyond which there are few obvious features to help in finding the path. As I checked my map, I saw a dotted line reaching up towards the summit so I set off, following it with the help of my compass. I could see no visible path on the ground, but that was not unusual, and I pressed on across the moor.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
What is more, there were no 'ifs' and 'buts' - just a simple one clause measure with the promise of a code of practise to be written over the next few months.
Which might be why the Church of England keeps getting it wrong. We make it too complicated, always trying to please everyone and ending up pleasing no-one.
The first meeting of the new steering committee on women bishops in England took place earlier this month, and the discussions were described by the press release as 'serious, honest, and constructive'.
Let's hope they were also brave and simple - just like the Church in Wales.
On a different note, I hear that Pope Francis has given up his bullet proof Mercedes for a 30 year old Renault with 186,000 miles on the clock. The car was a gift to him from a elderly priest in northern Italy, in response to the Pope's example of humility.
Now all we need is a little humility towards the role of women in the Roman Catholic church, and who knows what might happen...?
OK - that's just a dream - for now....
Friday, 23 August 2013
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Update - after the vote...
I am delighted to say that the Lords have chosen not to play politics, and voted by 390 to 148 to reject the 'wrecking motion' and forward the Bill to the next stage. The majority of 242 is even more emphatic than the 2/3rds majority in the House of Commons.
Congratulations to the House of Lords for such a decisive vote.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Those who know us or our story, will know that by some miracle she survived, but it led to month after month in hospital after hospital, and on a number of occasions she was at real risk of dying, even years after the accident. Today she is partially disabled, suffers chronic pain, and has to take tablets by the handful two or three times a day.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
The 10 Commandments of the Evangelical Alliance
Update (26 March 2013)
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Untruth Number 1:
Untruth Number 2:
Untruth Number 3:
But what of the longer term?
Update:Gerald Coates has clarified/retracted his claim yesterday about Civil Partnerships.
He has written on my Fb page today commenting, "My 30% was taken out of context - it came from an article in the press at the end of last year - noting that 'last year' [ 2011] there had been a 30% rise in dissilusions. (The eqiuvalent of divorce as I am sure you know.) I wasn't making a big deal of it."
So everyone can see if it was taken out of context, I include a screen clipping below of his Fb comment from yesterday... and I will leave others to judge whether the 3 exclamation marks he used are making a big deal of it or not.
Monday, 4 March 2013
At various times he described same-sex marriage as a "grotesque subversion”, an "aberration" and he likened it to slavery.
But the God I serve is not arbitrary, legalistic or inconsistent.
When Jesus was asked about ‘The Law’, he consistently directed people to look at the Spirit behind the Law, rather than being limited to the legalism of the words themselves. And when the New Testament declares that love, not law, is at the heart of the Gospel it never says “unless you are gay”. God has been unfolding his plan for the redemption of human kind from the Garden of Eden onwards, and every generation has learned that this redemption continues to unfold as we seek to order our lives and society in a way which enables everyone to love God and their neighbour more fully.