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On Being Authentic - Sort Of

On Being Authentic - Sort Of

Someone recently described me as authentic, which

 

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Becoming What You Are

Becoming What You Are

Its funny how when we’re asked to tell the truth about ourselves, it makes us shift in our seats. Tell the

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Ghosting 2022

Ghosting 2022

Allowing for the fact the past year will have been amazing for some of us (births, weddings, jobs –

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The Charge

The Charge

You’ve probably all studied liminality, which is one of the most Anglican words ever, and now you’re living

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Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11

Our generation is in unchartered waters now. The vast majority of us have no living memory of a change

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Summer Letter Of Love

Summer Letter Of Love

As a football fan (and please read on even if you hate the game, because this is going somewhere), I try to

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Nine Things I Wished I'd Known When I became A Christian

Nine Things I Wished I'd Known When I became A Christian

Buzzfeed delights in giving us odd-numbered lists of things we should do, avoid or take note of in life,

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Syrian Rendition

Syrian Rendition

What do you do when your whole life depends on believing something that in a flash you find out isn’t true.

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When The Darkness Descends

When The Darkness Descends

Jesus said to the mob sent to arrest him: this is your hour and the power of darkness. When you live in a country at peace

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On Being Hand Held By A Pierced And Everlasting Lord

On Being Hand Held By A Pierced And Everlasting Lord

Dear sisters and brothers
I’m sending this to you just before the start of Holy

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Starting A new Job For God? Read On

Starting A new Job For God? Read On

Most church ministers I ask about imposter syndrome shyly admit to it even when they have been in role

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A Letter To Church Leaders At Epiphany 2022

A Letter To Church Leaders At Epiphany 2022

This note is not telling you about stuff or to do stuff, it’s simply meant as an encouragement right now.

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How Do We Know God's Will For Our Lives?

How Do We Know God's Will For Our Lives?

God is bigger than we could ever imagine but knowing his will for us is entirely possible

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Journey Into Life

Journey Into Life

John 20:18 says: Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things

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The County Lines Psalm

The County Lines Psalm

The Clewer Initiative helps the Church of England to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in the community and to help provide victim support

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The Micro-Conversions Of  Faith

The Micro-Conversions Of Faith

Some stories mess with your brain, like one of those novels where you assume the narrator is the one you should be rooting for until you slowly realise

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Pilgrim Making Guide To The Galaxy

Pilgrim Making Guide To The Galaxy

Above my desk is a 2020 calendar with views of space from the Hubble telescope. In March,

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During The War, After The War

During The War, After The War

This is an existential crisis and it hurts each of us more than we like to admit. But honest ministry that connects with others begins from this place.

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Cloth Ear Culture

Cloth Ear Culture

Microsoft carried out research beginning in 2000 on human attention spans. In the time between then and now, the average human attention span has

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The Road That Lies Ahead Of Us

The Road That Lies Ahead Of Us

An article for Kent’s newspaper readers at Christmas 2019
Britain is reaching for a new identity.

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On Becoming A Bishop

On Becoming A Bishop

In July 2018, I set out on a new kind of ministry, as Bishop of Tonbridge in the Anglican Diocese of Rochester.

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Faking It

Faking It

Do you have imposter syndrome? It is fascinating how many people admit to this. A growing body of research has been done

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Opening Up

Opening Up

Giving people the capacity and confidence to share faith is our most pressing challenge In the middle of a complex argument over Israel’s fate

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I'm Sorry, What Were You Just Saying?

I'm Sorry, What Were You Just Saying?

Seek first the Kingdom of God, says Jesus, making a clear assumption that people usually ...

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Watching You Watching Me

Watching You Watching Me

We copy one another all the time. How well we do discipleship today hinges above all else on this unexamined truth.

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