Richard’s Ramble December 2022

‘Christmas Time; Mistletoe and wine; Children Singing Christian rhyme; With logs on the fire and gifts on the tree, It’s time to rejoice in the good that we see’. So says the popular song that reverberates in the shops as we run around trying to get things ready for...

A Crisis of Leadership

It is not difficult to notice that we have a crisis of leadership at present in this country. I am not just talking about at governmental level, I am meaning at all levels. In 1969 Laurence J. Peter wrote a book called ‘The Peter Principle’ in which he suggested that,...

Hope in Jesus

This has been a busy summer for me. It began with my trip to Nepal and India, then, soon after I was back, I was looking after my grandchildren. September came and I was off on holiday and attending a family wedding. Whilst this was all great, I am now looking forward...

Thriving in the Storm This month has seen a succession of some of the worst storms we have ever encountered. Whilst it would be easy here to talk about the effects of climate change etc., what I want to focus on is living through the storm. All of us encounter times...

Gatherings

I have been asked by Ground Level to write a paper on the importance of gathering. This is in the light of the fact that, following the pandemic, approximately 1/3 of church members across all denominations have chosen not to return to church but are content with...

You always hurt the one you love

The 1940’s song says, ‘You always hurt the one you love’. Unfortunately, this is so easily done. It is those we are closest to with whom we are most vulnerable and who are most vulnerable to us who are most easily hurt by our words and actions, even...