29
Jul 2021
Weekly Email w/b 26th July 2021

I’ve been glued to the Olympics for the last few days. What is it about that sporting event that encourages us all to become armchair experts at Taikwondo scoring, synchronised diving splashing or dressage etiquette? I do still find myself become slightly teary eyed as the Team GB medals are awarded. Years of work, 5am starts, injury and illness. But that is all forgotten as an individual or team stands on the podium. There’s no shortage of sporting references in the New Testament, particularly written by Paul who might have seen the local Isthmian games whilst he was living in Corinth. “All athletes are disciplined in their training” he says”, before encouraging God’s people that the prize they train for is better than gold. “Run with purpose” he goes......

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23
Jul 2021
Singing returns - and other weekly news

Monday was “Freedom Day”. A friend of mine shared the following verses from Galatians with me, from The Message version of the Bible: ‘It is absolutely clear that God called you to live a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out – in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?’ (Galatians......

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15
Jul 2021
Weekly Email w/b 12th July 2021

“It’s coming home?” Sadly not this year, though it’s been good to dream and great to watch the football over the last few weeks. Like me, did you stay up late on Sunday evening and watch the penalties with your head in your hands and a faint sense of ‘deja vu’? But what a team, and what an achievement to read the final of Euro 2020. Many of us have been more taken up with the aftermath of the game, and the racial abuse towards some of the team. Rashford, Sancho and Saka showed incredible courage in stepping up to take penalties, and those who are racially abusing them show the exact opposite. One writer commented “When you win, they become colour blind. But when you lose, they talk......

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08
Jul 2021
Weekly Email w/b 5th July 2021

Amidst ZOOM meet-ups, diocesan gatherings and a certain world cup game, it was a more sobering reminder in my calendar which has caught my attention. This week marks “Srebrenica Memorial Week“, recalling the events following 11 July 1995 when armed units under the control of Ratko Mladic (now a convicted war criminal) overran and captured the town of Srebrenica in Eastern Bosnia. In the following days, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically murdered and buried in mass graves. It is by far the worst atrocity on European soil since WW2. Twenty six years later we continue to remember these events, and the ongoing impact for those who lived through it and who are still rebuilding their lives. And we seek as Churches – along with......

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01
Jul 2021
Weekly Email w/b 28th June 2021

Last week I sat through the final minutes of a football match between Portugal and France, their their last group game. It seemed that some final groups games had almost “finished before they had started”, with Wales bizarrely going through despite losing 1-0, England going through without kicking a ball and so on. But not in the so called ‘group of death’! During the course of the evening Portugal found themselves flitting between every position in the group before finally holding out for a draw to take them through to the last 16. A topsy turvy, upside down, inside out kind of experience for Portugal and for the viewers, working desperately hard to work out the significance of every goal scored in the group throughout the evening. I wonder......

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