A little springtime

I remember the journey from London to Monmouth over 11 years ago. Leaving one role and about to start another – I had cause for hope and optimism – travelling to a new place, a new landscape, a new context to share the gospel. During that journey, I heard the shocking news that Br Roger, the prior of the ecumenical monastic community in Taizé, France had been murdered, stabbed in the back, during prayers. I felt desolate but also outraged about this attack on a helpless man of God who was reaching the natural end of his life. Continue reading “A little springtime”

A good news narrative

At a time when we hear so much in the media about the decline of the Church – how Christianity is irrelevant, how misguided the people of faith are – I thought it would be good to demonstrate how one church, St Michael & All Angels, Summertown is bucking that trend. There is no magic ingredient to numerical growth or the deeper development of the faith-life, only that God is allowed to be God in our community of faith. Continue reading “A good news narrative”

True Grit

It was not the film with John Wayne or even the re-make starring Jeff Bridges which inspired the title and theme of this blog post, it was my wife’s insistence that I write about grit! Using a great deal of perseverance herself, she brought to my attention this small scale, gritty phenomena. Grit is the title of a book by Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Continue reading “True Grit”