Bad Christian Party

by Dave on August 31, 2014

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This week in Public House…

by Dave on March 10, 2014

Lent in a bar! It’s kinda ‘Holy Joes’ Mk II – bit of input, lots of open debate, chance to explore, no pre-packed answers. Anyone welcome – ideal for non-churchgoers. Come and join in the discussion – or just listen.
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March 7, 2014

A couple of days ago on Ash Wednesday, I got to do one of the weirdest things I ever get to do as a priest. It’s an ancient ritual called ‘ashing’, which involves me making a smudged mark of the cross with ash on the forehead of every person in the congregation. And while making [...]

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Bad Christian, Good Coffee

February 5, 2014

Had a wonderful session at Shottery U3A (University of the Third Age) last night. Packed, responsive audience. Great fun. Lots of encouraging conversations afterwards – many with people who don’t go to church. One man said ‘I don’t really believe in God, but this was the best presentation on religion I’ve ever heard.’ Then with [...]

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Reinventing God

June 30, 2013

I love this poem by Edwina Gateley which I used with a recent talk entitled ‘Reinventing God’ A WARM, MOIST, SALTY GOD Deep in the forest I found my God leaping through the trees, spinning with the glancing sunlight, caressing with the breeze. There where the grasses rose and fell fanning the perfumed air, I [...]

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The Pope Talks Like a Bad Christian!

May 22, 2013

“Doing good” is a principle that unites all humanity, beyond the diversity of ideologies and religions, and creates the “culture of encounter” that is the foundation of peace: this is what Pope said at Mass this morning at the Domus Santae Martae. Wednesday’s Gospel speaks to us about the disciples who prevented a person from [...]

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Bad Christian Meets Good Atheists

April 10, 2013

Last Sunday I gave an address at the Sunday Assembly, commonly known as ‘the atheist church’ in London. I am friends with Sanderson Jones & Pippa Evans who lead the Assembly and was honoured to be invited to give a talk at their ‘Easter for Atheists’ service. The thing I like about the Assembly (I’ve [...]

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Jottings of a Bad Christian

January 16, 2013

For about nine years, until her death in 1993, my mum lived with us in our home in Clapham. She was universally loved as a warm, endearing Scouser (Liverpudlian) with a cheeky sense of humour. Our kids adored her – not least because she always had treats squirreled away somewhere in her room. When Pat [...]

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Good & Bad Religion – Jottings of a Bad Christian

November 20, 2012

  A couple of weeks ago I made my monthly pilgrimage to Upminster at the end of the District Line to share in an interfaith forum with a Buddhist, a Reform Jew, and a Muslim imam. It’s become a bit of a highlight for me – regularly spending a couple of hours talking with these [...]

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Jottings of a Bad Christian (25)

November 17, 2012

Today I did it…finally! I deleted Julia from the address book on my computer. It’s taken nine months. But it’s done. She died in March. It wasn’t a surprise. She’d suffered from cancer for twelve years. Yet it still felt unbelievable and devastating when it happened. She had dodged the bullets so many times, being [...]

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