Tag: wisdom

  • Middle-Eastenders

    Do you know about the book of Esther in the Bible? It’s peculiar because God is not mentioned by name, but like a toddler who has got hold of a tub of chocolate spread his fingerprints are everywhere. And the book is controversial because it is a narrative about slavery, racism and power in which…

  • seeing things

    I wear glasses. They are varifocals – correcting both long and short-sightedness depending on which part of the lens I look through. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly my eyes and brain adapted to this (I doubted I would ever get used to such a strange thing but it happened almost instantly). When I…

  • brexit stage right?

    I have tried to resist the change, I have tried to make a stand, I have tried to persuade others, but in the end it seems inevitable that ‘Brexit’ has entered the English language. It’s such an ugly and clumsy word – a lazy amalgamation of ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’ to denote the decision in the…

  • interview me baby one more time

    I was in a conversation over lunch yesterday and for some reason I can’t remember I was reminded of an occasion (over ten years ago) when I was almost on TV as an ‘expert’ on a certain American singer (whose name sounds like she is a bit British and is into┬ájavelins*.) I have never been…

  • Time to reflect

    This weekend was the fifth anniversary of my Induction at Colchester Baptist Church. Time has flown by! Next year will be the 20th anniversary of my Ordination. Time has flown by! So as I am in an anniversaryish mood, I wondered what advice I would give the newly ordained me if I could borrow a…

  • Here be dragons

    It may help you to read yesterday’s bloggage at this point and then come back, in order to set a context. Done that? Good. On ancient maps, so we are told, where the map maker had run out of knowledge at the edge of the map they would write ‘Here be Dragons’ or similar warnings…