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”
I finally read the announcement which has been long in coming. The white smoke ascended, a new shepherd has been found for the rather irritable, frustrated and impatient sheep of the Oxford diocese! The Rt Revd Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, is translating his gifts and talents to Oxford. Steven is no stranger to St Michael’s, he assisted here (before my time) and the people remember him with affection. So what are the marks of a Bishop of Oxford? The remit for those in episcopal oversight is that of teaching well, upholding sound doctrine, promoting unity within the church and by example, live a godly life.
Continue reading “The smell of smoke and sheep”