The Great Equaliser

By |2018-11-03T18:13:24+00:00October 31st, 2018|Sermons|

In today’s gospel story, James and John are lobbying to sit on the right and the left hand of Jesus in His Kingdom. In St. Luke’s version of the story, it is the mother of James and John who does the lobbying. Now in itself there is nothing wrong with wanting to be close to [...]

The revolution according to Hebrews

By |2018-11-23T19:35:39+00:00September 18th, 2018|Articles|

The letter to the Hebrews is essential for our understanding of the concept of priesthood in the New Testament, as it focusses on the priesthood of Christ himself and the accompanying changes under the new covenant. The first three chapters provide a necessary introduction, explaining that Jesus, although fully human, is higher than the prophets, [...]

Church of England to the rescue

By |2018-09-15T20:16:18+00:00September 14th, 2018|Articles|

On the 7th of September 2018, following a meeting with the Chief Rabbi, several media reported on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s appeal to the Church of England to formally adopt “the full IHRA definition” of antisemitism. Within 4 days the bishops of the Church of England rallied behind him. By praising the Labour MP’s who [...]

Not our ways

By |2018-06-19T12:29:24+00:00May 13th, 2018|Articles|

You probably know the saying "Gods ways are not our ways", which is sometimes used when we have no explanations or do not even want to think about them. It is taken from Isaiah 55 verse 8. The following verse even states that Gods ways and ours differ like heaven an earth. Now, in what [...]

And then think some more

By |2018-05-12T20:29:34+00:00March 30th, 2018|Articles|

The following article is a response to a blog from 2016 by Father Marcus. This blog, which starts with a picture of a giant dog collar, was posted on at least three different websites and has crossed my path several times. Father Marcus describes the hardships of being a pastor and then encourages those considering [...]

Adam and Eve as priests

By |2018-03-09T22:13:59+00:00February 4th, 2018|Articles|

The first three chapters of the book of Genesis seem an unlikely place to start our reflections about the priesthood, for priests and priesthood are not mentioned in them. However, sometimes things which are not spelt out are almost as important as the ones that are. The natural state of Adam and Eve before they [...]

Six principles of the Reformation

By |2018-02-05T19:40:29+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Articles|

Martin Luther is best known for the 95 theses which he is said to have nailed to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg on the 31st of October 1517. For this reason Luther is sometimes called “the hammer” of the Reformation. Although there is reasonable doubt about the hammering,[1] the theses are real enough. [...]