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Slow Dawning Epiphanies

Good Morning. On Thursday llhan Omar was sworn in as a member of the US House of Representatives. She is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, the first to wear a hijab and the first Somali American. She captured her remarkable story in a social media post the night before. ‘23 […]

An ‘Existential Singularity’

Good Morning. Today 40,000 people are making final  preparations for the London Marathon. Some of them can barely believe they’re actually going to do this tomorrow – running 26 miles for fun is not who they thought they were. And in an hour or so, across Britain, another 170,000 people embark on their own weekly […]


Good morning. Did you notice that? Good Morning. It’s such a common greeting that we often fail to notice we’re making it.   Or receiving it. A mark of ordinary civility which we can miss while we’re not paying attention. But in an era where public discourse is coarsened – not least on social media – […]


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WD40 that oils the creaking hinges of our friendships

The F word. It’s one of the most provocative in the English language. We use it sparingly. It takes us by surprise, going against our natural instincts. The F Word is forgiveness. Some people can practice it. Jill Saward, who has died this week, was among them. She became a household name after being attacked […]

How the practice of faith is good for the soul…

Most weeks I play football with a bunch of other middle-aged men defying time’s wear & tear… along with some much younger and faster players. With no referee and in the heat of the moment, we sometimes get decisions wrong. Was that a foul? A penalty? The action replay comes afterwards, via selective memory, over […]

‘Welcome To The Age of Uncertainty’

‘Good Morning… and welcome to the age of uncertainty. I had to look the phrase up after I noticed it on the faces of my children. The age when all bets are off. When your country has voted to head out of the European Union and both those who are elated about it – and […]

‘To practice being people it may take a lifetime to become…’

Good Morning. As the buses trundle by and passing pedestrians look on quizzically, tomorrow morning I’ll join a hundred others in the garden of our parish church. Slightly self-consciously we’ll wave palm crosses in the air and sing a hymn. Then, with relief, we’ll follow the choir through the old oak doors and into church. […]

‘Shakespeare or Scripture?’

Good Morning. Take a listen to these expressions: ‘Wild goose chase’? ‘Wear your heart on your sleeve’? ‘Mum’s the word’? Are they Shakespeare… or are they Scripture? What about: ‘By the skin of your teeth’? ‘Fight the good fight’? Or ‘Eat drink and be merry’? This month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of […]

‘Football Measures Our Days…’

The football season is reaching its climax. Should Man Utd or Spurs lose this weekend, then 5000/1 outsiders Leicester City will become Premiership Champions. Can a team bereft of superstars, who narrowly avoided relegation a year ago, really do it? On Thursday my own team conceded a last-minute equaliser and were held to a draw. […]