THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH
personal observations on life and faith



This Month's Article

On Becoming A Bishop

On Becoming A Bishop

In July 2018, I set out on a new kind of ministry, as Bishop of Tonbridge in the Anglican Diocese of Rochester. It is a privilege to stay among friends and to continue the mission we have together,s We spend too much of our working lives reacting to the problems that emerge around us. It is wishful thinking to assume we can ignore them, because left unattended, they can produce lasting harm to people

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Recent Topics You May Have Missed

The Stroll To Emmaus, Those who Have Eyes To See, A Life More Ordinary, The Wisdom Deficit, Giving Our Lives Away, The Gift Of Gratitude

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Recent Topics You May Have Missed

Pop Idols, Kicking The Darkness Until It Bleeds Light, Logos, Breaking Point, Here's looking At You, Kid, Words Made Flesh,

Watching You Watching Me

Watching You Watching Me

We copy one another all the time. How well we do discipleship today hinges above all else on this unexamined truth.

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Opening Up

Opening Up

Giving people the capacity and confidence to share faith is our most pressing challenge In the middle of a complex argument over Israel’s fate

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The Day You Don't Want To Wake Up To

The Day You Don't Want To Wake Up To

It’s said that time is a healer, but it can also mess with your head. Waiting for some outcomes can be

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The Lost Treasure

The Vanity Of Nations

Why joy has been mislaid, but what it can offer public life today
Writing about the happiness industry in the January

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Pen Pal

Pen Pal

What kind of letter would Jesus write to you today?
Every year throws up new phrases by which we can remember it.

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Why Reading The Bible Is Like Watching Match Of The Day

Why Reading The Bible Is Like Watching Match Of The Day

Mundane and humdrum periods in life have their own intrinsic merit – and they prepare us for the bigger

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Most Viewed September 2018

The Bubble first published Feb 2011

The Bubble
We live in a little personal bubble in the busyness of urban life and need God to pop it to see what he has in store for us outside

One advert that makes me smile is the cosmetics pitch to 'get the London look'. In this case the London look is Kate Moss after three hours in makeup. In my experience, the London look is a pasty and puffy white face, nicely set off by black bags around bloodshot eyes. There is another dimension to the London look too: the vacant look gaze which is fixed in the middle distance. It tells everyone around that they are not relevant because whatever is in your mind is not here but somewhere else. Mobiles, blackberries and the iPod touch -- among others -- enable us to keep our focus other than where we are, ensuring that those demands, which would have waited for us in the recent past, are now brought right into the present, squeezing our attention. It is like a perverse form of eschatology, where the future is brought into the present to transform our experience of it, only for the worse and not for the better.. - Read More

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SOUL EROSION

SOUL EROSION
Most of the ways in which we provide guidance, training and support for discipleship is predicated on having time and energy to think and pray.
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ROUTE TWO

ROUTE TWO
What do we make of the road not taken? The romance that does not lead to marriage; the job we don’t get; the house that falls through; the career that doesn’t materialise.
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THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
The first Gulf War in 1991 did not take place. This was the judgment of the philosopher Jean Baudrillard at the time and how people laughed at him for it.
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Live Aid's Legacy

The generosity which inspired July 13, 1985 is still present in the

Debating Immigration
Debating Immigration

What are the values we should hold to in tackling today's big policy question?

Are We In A Muddle Over Our Discipleship?
Are We In A Muddle Over Our Discipleship?

Have we become so protective of personal autonomy in following Christ that we no longer submit to external discipline?

Is Willpower Enough To Win?
Is Willpower Enough To Win?

There are risks in suggesting that success in our chosen field is merely a function of wanting it more than the next person.