Category Archives: Eyton

Questions of Identity

When I was at theological college, we had preaching classes. In one of these, the lecturer showed us clips from four different films, each depicting the scene that we’ve read about this morning. So many film makers have given us their version of this story, ranging from Charlton Heston in the 10 Commandments all the […]

Healing and Pandemics

In the time that Jesus was on earth, and for many centuries, leprosy was a disastrous disease for those who contracted it, and their families. Even if you didn’t have leprosy, but just something that looked like it might be leprosy, you were in trouble. Social distancing, self isolating, shielding, are nothing compared to what […]

Everlasting Rest

“An inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” I wonder how often you think about heaven, and about the glorious inheritance that is kept there for you, waiting for you to arrive and claim it. Over the last few months I’ve been slowly reading my way through a book called […]

Peace Dancing

I wonder how you like to eat your meals. Are you the kind of person who likes to eat each thing on it’s own, in turn, or do you load a bit of everything on your fork for each mouthful? Do you eat your favourite thing first or leave it to last? Put a roast […]

A Grind?

I wonder if you know what this is? It’s a coffee mill. Not one of those fancy electric ones, but a hand mill. You put your beans in here, turn the handle, and you get freshly milled coffee in the bottom. There’s a little adjustable screw and butterfly nut in the bottom that you set […]

Exiles and Foreigners

A couple of years ago I was in Lubambashi airport on the way home from a two week trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. We were already running a day late, because of a failure of a connecting flight the previous day, and there was some doubt as to whether or not we had […]

Grain and Grape

Grain and grapes. Bread and wine. Simple, homely, things that appear again and again throughout the Bible. Everyday things that are used to illustrate, to symbolise, to help us get hold of deep and significant truths about God and our place in the world. Grain and grapes. Bread and wine. I’d like to invite you […]

Ascension

And so we come to the season finale, the episode that draws together a lot of the threads of the story line, but leaves a few hanging out there for the next season, even a bit of a cliff hanger – keeping us intrigued and ready to come back for more when the new season […]

Mine

These are my scissors. This is my book. This is my watch. These are my scissors. I bought these scissors to sit on my desk so that when I need to have a pair of scissors to hand, they are there and available and I don’t have to go hunting for a pair. If anybody […]

Because he lives

As I was looking at the hymns for this morning, I was struck that many of the ones that echoed the themes of our reading from Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth were in the “Easter” section of the hymn books. I had a bit of a question mark in my head. How do […]