SHOPPING WITH DEBBIE McGEE (Views from the Abbey 11)

Last Sunday I went shopping with Debbie McGee, the real live English television, radio and stage performer who is best known as the assistant and widow of magician Paul Daniels and was a finalist in BBC’s 2017 Strictly Come Dancing. We met in the town centre after I had been to church and Debbie had […]

20-20 VISION (New Year, 2020)

My late mother had a favourite pair of spectacles. She had had them for years. They were so scratched that they were like opaque glass and I’m quite sure that she couldn’t see much out of them at all. But she loved them. They were her very favourites. Worried about her inability to see anything […]

ADVENT LOVE (Advent 4, 2019)

One of the greatest theologians that ever lived, Karl Barth, was asked to be a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Divinity School. At the end of a captivating closing lecture, the President of the seminary announced that Dr Barth was not well and was quite tired, and though he thought that Dr Barth […]

ADVENT JOY (Advent 3: 2019)

The first Salvationists literally jumped with joy. General William Booth told them that if they felt the Holy Spirit move them they could leap in a hymn or a prayer. They leapt! Dr John Farmer, the organist at Harrow School, used to tell how he adjudicated once at a great music festival and heard a […]

ADVENT PEACE (Advent 2: 2019)

  Telemachus was a monk who lived in the 4th century. He felt God saying to him, ‘Go to Rome’. He was in a cloistered monastery. He put his possessions in a sack and set out for Rome. When he arrived in the city, people were thronging in the streets. He asked why all the […]

ADVENT HOPE (Advent 1: 2019)

Luke Veronis tells a deeply moving story of the Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union Solzhenitsyn spent many years in the prison camps of Siberia. Along with other prisoners he worked in the fields day after day, in rain and sun, during summer and winter. His life appeared to be […]

MEMORIES (Views from the Abbey 10)

According to Ken Galbraith, a Canadian economist (1908-2006), ‘nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.’ Memories appear to have indeed been alarmingly short in politics of late, but I am not sure it can ever be described as admirable! As a race, we humans so easily fall into the trap of forgetting […]