Category Archives: Church calendar

Good Friday: the day God became an atheist

I’ve written plenty before about Good Friday – about the death and triumph of love, about the historical and spiritual reasons Jesus died, about whether Christ suffered so we don’t need to, and about how on earth we can call … Continue reading

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On fasting – and slowing

Well, I hope you all enjoyed your pancakes last night. Because from here on in it’s Lent, meaning utter abstinence, abject penance, fasting and general misery for the next 6 weeks till we get to Easter and the Feast Day … Continue reading

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Life as tragedy and comedy

I didn’t originally intend this as a reflection for Remembrance Sunday, but I happen to be posting it today and it seems strangely appropriate… If all the world is a stage and each of us merely players, what kind of … Continue reading

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The Resurrection Insurrection

Have you heard the news? Apparently archaeologists have just discovered a new scroll dating to around 30AD, with a fragment of the end of Matthew’s gospel containing the words: “Verily I say unto you, I was only kidding…” Happy April … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die, part III – did he suffer so that we don’t have to?

In the last two posts I’ve been looking at the historical and spiritual reasons why Jesus died on a cross. I wondered whether he not only chose to die, but also chose the manner of his death, in order to … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die? Part II – the spiritual reasons

Last time we looked at the human and historical reasons why Jesus ended up on a cross. But, on a theological or spiritual level, did he really have to die? Why? Couldn’t God have ushered in his Kingdom in some … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die? Part I – the historical reasons

Over the next 3 posts in the run up to Good Friday and Easter, I want to look at Jesus’ death on a cross, and specifically the question – why did Jesus die? There are many ways of answering this … Continue reading

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Embracing the void

This is the sort-of culmination of my recent Lent posts on letting go of old certainties and moving on into a new and as yet unknown space. I once wrote a scathingly satirical (though not particularly good) poem about an … Continue reading

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Quiet Christianity – Moving beyond words

Staying with my Lenten themes of stripping back and giving up old ways in order to move on, this is about giving up our reliance on words – on verbal expressions of faith and rational explanations for belief. If you … Continue reading

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