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Posted 17 hours 53 min ago

I was interested to read in this week’s Clitheroe Advertiser and Times a full page feature about local Anglican clergyman, the Rev. Canon Dr Peter Shepherd. He has written a book entitled Questioning the Incarnation: Formulating a Meaningful Christology. The tome is not published until the end of March, and at £24.99 and over 500 pages, I’ll be neither purchasing nor reading it anytime soon. Nevertheless, I’ve had a sneak preview. The author admits

“I have never been able to accept…that Jesus was the child of a miraculous, interventionist conception’.

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Posted 1 day 16 hours ago

I enjoy archaeological sites, especially Roman ones. As they built in stone, there’s generally more to see than at the sites belonging to other peoples. In 2016-17 alone, I visited Rome, Ostia, Naples, Pompeii, Herculaeum, Jerusalem, Masada, and most of the forts along Hadrian’s Wall. Yesterday I re-visited the sites at Ribchester here in Lancashire. One thing that almost all Roman archaeological museums contain are…well, it’s a little embarrassing to write such things on a church blog. How can I put this? Phalluses; representations of the male reproductive organ.

Posted 2 days 15 hours ago

Last week, an envelope containing money was left for me in the Sunday morning offering. It was anonymous, and the envelope made it clear it was for me personally. I was very grateful for this person’s kindness, though I intend not to divest myself of the sum in case they ask for it back or demand some favour I cannot give. It was, however, providential in its timing. Last week, I came close to losing my job, and I wondered how I would pay my bills in such an event.

“I will provide for you”, said the Lord through this anonymous person.

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Posted 4 days 18 hours ago

Afflictions, like spears and pikes, make a terrible show when they cannot reach us; but the temptations of prosperity, like unseen bullets, wound and kill us before they are discerned.

George Downame


Posted 5 days 15 hours ago

Oxfam is currently hit by scandal. Its aid workers have allegedly been employing prostitutes from the very communities they were supposed to be serving. As well as the legal and moral questions this raises, one wonders how this must make these devastated communities feel. Westerners yet again taking advantage of poorer people.

Posted 6 days 16 hours ago

The liberal elite which has appointed itself our new guardian of public morality is furious. Bermuda, a British overseas territory, has revoked its gay marriage law from May 2017 which had allowed homosexual couples to marry. Walter Brown, the island’s minister for home affairs, said same sex marriage was not supported by a majority of the island’s sixty thousand population. The British government wisely decided not to intervene; overseas territories and crown dependencies are technically under British jurisdiction but are essentially self-governing.

Posted 1 week 11 hours ago

I enjoy walking around England’s historical villages, especially those close-by where I live. As well as admiring their quaint prettiness and vernacular architecture, I always seek evidence of spirituality. I recently engaged in a walking tour of Cononley, a village between Skipton and Keighley in Yorkshire. Showed about by local gentlefolk, I was impressed by its charm and size.

Posted 1 week 1 day ago

Brian has been. I helped him on Thursday afternoon, but he worked all on his own on Friday. Just before he left, he asked me if I had an old blanket. "No, only some old towels." 

"Hang on a minute." He rummaged in the boot of his car, then came back with some blue, woollen material. His dog didn't seem best pleased.