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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Messy Prayer

Messy Prayer

True intercession is like a couple of musicians playing off one another until a new sound is made and a new song can be sung

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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 moments which would otherwise lack back story

The enduring appeal of BBC TV’s Match of the Day (MoTD) owes something to the innate traditionalism of football fans but also to its ability to condense the action from each game into a handful of minutes. This enables a 0-0 draw in mid-January between Stoke and WBA to look like a penalty shoot-out in the Champions League Final by distilling all the drama into a bite size. Bone crushingly boring games receive a TV make-over on MoTD.
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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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ARTICLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Live Aid's Legacy
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.