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by Dave on October 10, 2014

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Don’t leave God in the hands of the religious

September 12, 2014

The text of my Pause For Thought on Radio 2 in 12th September 2014. The recorded version is at How To Be A Bad Birdwatcher by Simon Barnes is one of the most enjoyable and, as it turns out, inspiring books I have read in a very long time. My own love of birds [...]

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You can’t find God

September 8, 2014

This is the text of my reflection on Radio 2′s Good Morning Sunday on 7th September 2014 We have a fridge magnet in the kitchen that says, ‘I’ve found Jesus! He was behind the sofa the whole time.’ It’s a reminder that after a lifetime of seeking to know God better, the most important thing [...]

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Bad Christian Party

August 31, 2014
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This week in Public House…

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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