Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

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Unless we change the direction we are heading, we might end up where we are going.

Chinese Proverb 

December 15, 2017

The story of family life that is at the heart of the Christmas story is radically different. Mary is a teenage mum. Pregnant outside of marriage, she is almost abandoned and then wonderfully supported by her husband-to-be. About to give birth, they travel great distances in order to conform to the tax regulations of an occupying foreign power. There is nowhere for the child to be born, so Mary ends up giving birth in a cowshed at the back of a pub. There was no midwife. No gas and air. No clean sheets. No epidural.

Do Nothing this Christmas: An Advent Calendar with a Difference

Stephen Cottrell

December 5, 2017

Not all those who wander are lost

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes, a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

The Fellowship of the Ring

JRR Tolkien

December 4, 2017

“So tell me what you want, what you really, really want . . .”

There is a great story about a government minister who was asked this question by a newspaper who were running an article on what famous people wanted for Christmas. Not wanting to appear too grasping, he said that he rather liked those bottles of stem ginger that you see in the shops around this time of year. And so the article ran: ‘We asked leading figures what they wanted for Christmas. The Archbishop of Canterbury said he wanted an end to the violence in Iraq. The Dali Lama said he wanted peace in the Middle East. The Pope said he wanted an end to poverty. The Minister for Trade and Industry said he wanted a jar of stem ginger.’

Do Nothing for Christmas: An Advent Calendar with a Difference

Stephen Cottrell

December 3, 2017

The caption in a recent ad for a mobile phone with vibrator read “I can feel when somebody is calling me. It’s not supernatural, it’s technological.” How do we experience God’s call in a cacophonous, technological world of thousands of calls?

Calling: A Biblical Perspective

Theology of Work

December 1, 2017

Why is Christmas like a day at the office? You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.

Ogden Nash

December 1, 2017