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Book Review: Emma Percy, 'What Clergy Do: Especially when it looks like nothing'

(Amazon link) (SPCK, 2014)

I picked this book up at the Modern Church conference last week where I heard Emma Percy speak. The book riffs off Naomi Stadlen’s book ‘What Mothers Do: Especially when it looks like nothing’, and is focussed around the mothering/clergy analogy. 466 more words

Remembering the people who resisted World War One

A week today (on 28 July), it will be 100 years since World War One began. Two weeks today (on 4 August), it will be 100 years since the UK entered the war. 226 more words


Wheat and Rye (Sermon July 20, 2014)

Scripture: Matthew 13:24–30, 36-43 (NRSV)

The Parable of Weeds among the Wheat

24 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 2,695 more words


Losing My Religion: Quakerism Transformed

As the Millenial Generation gets older and raises a new generation, some wonder how religion will age with us. The answer likely lies not in the absolutes, but in a transformation of how we define ‘religion.’ Such a transformation is one that I’ve experienced with myself and my Quaker upbringing. 476 more words


Grammar of space

A while ago, I wrote a paper about James Turrell’s Deer Shelter Skyspace and how we might interpret it – and other artworks and forms of architecture – using a Wittgensteinian-style analysis of how people use the spaces. 816 more words

Jesus' Swearing Problem


When I was a kid we had a foolproof way to determine the truth from lies, and we knew that when we invoked this the promises and words that followed would be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. 1,795 more words


Working the Soils (Sermon July 13, 2014)

Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

There is something powerful about a story. Stories have a strange power that can transport us from one place and time in to a totally different universe. 2,397 more words