‘Alleluia! Christ is risen!’ That great acclamation will be echoing around the world today in countless languages as Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- He prayed for strength that he might achieve; He was made weak that he might obey. He prayed for wealth that he might do great things; He was given infirmity that he might do better things. He prayed for riches that he might be happy;
- It was announced today that I shall be retiring as Bishop of Tonbridge in the autumn. My final service will be in Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 31st October. Although I shall be retiring from my responsibilities as Bishop of Tonbridge I hope I will not be retiring from life quite yet.
- On 2nd February 2015, when Christians around the world celebrated Candlemas and citizens of Estonia also celebrated the ninety-fifth anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia celebrated the consecration of Urmas Vilma as Bishop and installed him as the seventh, and at 41 years of age, the youngest Archbishop of Estonia.
- As I was crossing the River Ouse on my way to York Minster, I reflected on how the Church of England was about to cross the River Rubicon – when Julius Caesar marched his army across the Rubicon into Roman territory there was no turning back, so, too, with the consecration of its first female bishop, the Church of England was about to be changed for ever.
- One hundred years ago tonight saw something quite extraordinary happen. There was an unofficial Christmas truce along the front line in World War I. Such truces have happened before, but this one arose spontaneously in different parts of the line.
- I have seen a number of nativity scenes over the last few weeks, but the most beautiful and moving was in a Sunday newspaper which featured a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq. The nativity scene was constructed in a tent – surrounded by the tents in which displaced Iraqis are living today.
- There is a great deal of music in heaven. In the book of Revelation the angels and archangels ceaselessly sing God’s praises. Many would say that music lifts them beyond themselves and transports them into heaven: music can be a sign of heaven and a means of getting there.
- Jesus showed a special concern for the poor and outcast which is why, as his followers, we are called to do the same. While many have poverty thrust upon them, there are some who, wishing to identify with the poor, choose poverty and a life of simplicity. Poverty can be an oppressive burden or a spiritual discipline.
- ‘Blood swept lands and seas of red’ is the title of the art work by Paul Cummins which has adorned the moat of the Tower of London. The huge numbers that have queued to see it is an indication that the work has captured the public imagination.