Monthly Archives: October 2011

We’re the 99% – so I’m told

    I wondered  where I was in the 99% opposed to the 1%, so I typed my stipend into Global Rich List and awaited the measure of my oppression.  Blow me,  I am in the top 3% of earners on the planet. If … Continue reading

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That thing you do

In the mythology of successful Church of England ministry,  success is measured corporately and individually. Corporately, it is based on numbers and income. Big attendance + Big money raised = Big priest. Individually it is measured by jobs held. The higher into … Continue reading

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Mine’s a pint

I spent Monday night in the pub finishing the confirmation preparation of a guy in my church. He and I are very different people. He’s working class, I’m not. He finished his education when he left  school, I’ve got three … Continue reading

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Occupation of the Heart

For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent. They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals. They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the … Continue reading

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A Life Well Lived

Sometimes you leave a funeral feeling better about life than you did when it started. Yesterday I had the privilege of leading Jane’s funeral. Jane was a recent worshipper at St Barnabas, my homely and yet amazing little church on … Continue reading

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Naked and Alive

Steve Job’s death has come in the middle of my residency at the local crematorium. For me, a tough year for funerals might see me do ten in a year. When this fortnight is over I will have done 5 … Continue reading

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