Tag Archives: hope

When God joined the optimists – an Easter reflection

Which is the proper attitude towards life and the universe we live in – optimism or pessimism? For the pessimist, the world is ultimately ruled by Sod’s or Murphy’s Law, the principle that anything that can go wrong will go … Continue reading

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New Year – new hope or no hope?

Happy New-ish Year to you all. If Christmas is the most stressful season, New Year is surely the most depressing (particularly for natural pessimists like me). Once the celebratory fireworks have faded, the January skies look even blacker and bleaker … Continue reading

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Music, sorrow and hope

This is kind of a Good Friday post, but I’m putting it up a bit early as I’ve got other things planned for Good Friday… Tragedy transfigured – Concierto d’Aranjuez One of my favourite childhood pieces of classical music was Joachim … Continue reading

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Future perfect vs. present imperfect (or two different kinds of real)

We live every day in the complex interplay and flux of two different realities, or kinds of reality. The first is the obvious, everyday here-and-now reality of this physical world; the ‘present imperfect’. It is this current realm in which … Continue reading

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Easter – all’s well that ends well

Easter! The Great Sunrise, the first light of dawn after the longest and darkest night; the first day of spring after the bitterest and most barren winter. The world shines new on Easter morn, a world reborn and renewed. Easter … Continue reading

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Books: Surprised by Hope by Tom Wright

‘What are we waiting for? And what are we going to do about it in the meantime?’ These are the central questions which Wright sets out to tackle in this typically intelligent, inspiring and challenging book about the importance of Easter, and how we’ve too often missed or misunderstood its message. Continue reading

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