No sex please, we’re Christians!

Jesus said "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself."

Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbour as yourself.”

This year the subject of same-sex marriages in and out of the headlines.  Often, maybe always, a controversial topic it raises tensions and all too frequently leads to a barrage of abuse, sadly even from those who agree with Christ’s call to love and respect one another. Continue reading

Release the pressure

Something has to give when there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it.

A year ago life was family, work and getting used to the school run.  That seemed pretty full-on then, now that feels leisurely!

It feels like every so often God has raised the bar and then given me the capacity to reach it.  Suddenly though my diary commitments seem to have gone exponential.

I’m reading at every opportunity: baptism, prayer, leadership and a book you may have heard about called the Bible.  I have so many thoughts weaving in and out of my consciousness. Continue reading

The life and work of an exploring pilgrim

The Life and Work of a Priest by John Pritchard

The Life and Work of a Priest by John Pritchard

Later today (7th October 2013) I am meeting with the DDO for the second time.  At my previous meeting she asked me to read John Pritchard’s book ‘The Life and Work of a Priest’. It is a classic from the ordination exploration reading list by the Bishop of Oxford and is a throughly interesting end enjoyable read.  The secondary task was to write a piece to start a discussion on the helpful and challenging images that came to mind as I read it.

I hope that my reflections on the challenges and thrills, and the burdens and privileges of being a priest may prove interesting.  I even dare hope and pray that it may even provoke you to think of the life and responsibilities of leaders in the Christian faith, and maybe even your own.

Please do let me know what thoughts you have, you have much to teach me!

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Leaving the waiting room

English: Buses of in , Edinburgh, alongside Pr...

English: Buses of in , Edinburgh, alongside Princes Mall (right), as viewed from . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Buses. You wait ages for 1, then 3 turn up all at once.

This past week has seen a trilogy of events occur in quick succession.

It started with a meeting with a potential Spiritual Director. My Vocations Chaplain had recommended that I sought one out. They are people with whom you can explore matters of faith; people to help you wrestle with trying to understand what God is trying to say to you or in reconciling a world view with a Biblical view of life. Continue reading

A blessing in disguise?

Hunting for Heffalumps in the 100 Acre Wood can be a wonderful distraction!

Hunting for Heffalumps in the 100 Acre Wood can be a wonderful distraction!

Life is full of little inconveniences.  The sort of thing that, when you really think about it, don’t matter that much.

You’ve brewed your cup of tea but when you open the fridge to get the milk you discover that there isn’t any.  You just miss a bus and have to wait 10 minutes for the next, knowing that in reality you could miss that one too and still get to work in time.  You’ve returned from holiday and are ready to go full steam ahead with your work but now your colleagues are on holiday.

I’ve started back at work after a week away with my family.  It was a week of exploring the world through a child’s eyes and seeing the smiles on their faces. They are my little reminder of how to approach life and my faith, with the simplicity of a child (Luke 18:15-17). Continue reading

Too busy to listen?

A photo of the Cullins on the Isle of Skye to illustrate: Are you willing to give up the summit and turn back if the conditions aren't right?

Are you willing to give up the summit and turn back if the conditions aren’t right?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Mary and Martha recently (Luke 10:38-42). Martha was too focused on preparing for a meal with Jesus that she was missing out on enjoying spending time with Him. As I await a call from the DDO I am aware that I too have become somewhat too focused on the ordination process and have been failing to simply spend time listening to God. Continue reading