The Tate Britain has, as you probably know, a permanent 'Walk Through British Art' exhibition, which occupies a large number of rooms divided over periods, often by individual decade. The last time I visited I spent most of my time in the 1900-themed room. What intrigued me most and caught my imagination was that these … Continue reading Ludgate Circus
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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading Lampoon
Were they kings, the men who followed the star from the East to honour the child with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh? Or were they merely a rabble of starry-eyed astrologers? The Gospel of Matthew marks them down as 'magi' or 'wise men'; obscure, yes, but with status or exotic qualities enough to win … Continue reading Of Brexit, Trump and Kings of Old
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” From time to time, if we are able to see through the aura of accumulated holiness hanging thick around the … Continue reading Gaudete in Domino semper
Do you believe in an afterlife? Heaven? Paradise? Something like that? A place where you will live with your loved ones in happiness? Tell me about that afterlife you imagine. Does it include violence? War? Weapons? Abuse of women and children? A society where some have far too much and others not enough? Destruction and … Continue reading Really? Thy kingdom come?