Santa Claus is coming to town

Once upon a time there was a bishop called Nicholas.  The legends about him say that he threw money in at a window to fill shoes of poor children.  And the great myth was born. Any country as dreich as Britain at this time of year...

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Natural beauty for the city-dweller

The Psalms are full of injunctions to praise God for various things, and one of these is the natural world.  Many of us find a deep connection to spiritual things when gazing at, say, the stars, the sea, or the mountains…  As a popular song...

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Christmas busy-ness

Christmas is coming, and I am very busy, so instead of writing a new post I have decided to reproduce a short document I wrote for myself and friends in 2013 about being busy at Christmas.  Apologies to those who have seen this before. The 2013...

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The debate on bombing IS/Daesh in Syria

  This is a very brief post, because my ignorance is great, and my understanding shallow.   I have three thoughts to offer:   The absolutely crucial thing (I was particularly aware of this at the time of our intervention in Afghanistan after 9/11) is for all sides in the...

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