Pain has always been a requisite for life. Our evolution over the long ages to become the creatures we are today rests on suffering which drives the further biological refinements necessary to be ever more fit to a changing environment. Without pain, no adaptation, no fitness to the environment, no survival. As such, pain and … More On pain, injury and forgiveness.
Draw a circle on a piece of paper. Go on, gentle reader, just indulge me for a minute or two. Any piece of paper will do, any poorly drawn circle. This circle represents the unity of God. As you learned in geometry class, even though there are only 360 degrees in a circle, there are … More Trinity
Seventy-five million passengers pass through London Heathrow every year! Seventy-five thousand workers find their employment there! Oh the humanity! On my very first day of airport chaplaincy, nearly 20 years ago at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, doing a placement as the student of a theological college, I was left alone to be the host of the … More The Boundaries of Inclusion
There was another procession into Jerusalem that Spring, one that escaped the pen, but certainly not the notice, of the Gospel writers and their early readers. As the city geared up for the festival season, its population swelling five-fold until every spare room, every nook and cranny, was filled with valuable rent-paying, weary and contented … More Lampoon
Wandering through IKEA recently I came across a display. There, in a plexiglass box, was a living room chair accompanied by a robotic machine that was submitting the chair, over and over again, to the rigors of being sat upon. By the time I saw it, the machine had “sat down” in the chair more … More Adversity and Authenticity
I like the notion of travel more than I actually like traveling. If my mood is right and I have nothing pressing to do I can easily spend an hour exploring the world of online maps, photo essays, travel journals and the like. Just this morning, while surveying the earth using a well-known computer application, … More Ash Wednesday*
From time to time, after the scriptures have been read in church and I am standing in the pulpit, I will say to my congregation: “You have just listened to a few stories from the Bible, and now we are going to consider what those stories might tell us about life and about God. And … More Just pretend it didn’t happen…