View from the Vicarage – Cynicism

View from the Vicarage – Cynicism

Cynicism is a very unattractive dimension of modern life – but it’s not a new phenomena. It comes from a Greek word and is ‘an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest’. It is easy to understand how folk can become like this. The...
View from the Vicarage – Micah 6:8

View from the Vicarage – Micah 6:8

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). There are times in life when we realise just how little control, power or influence we actually have. This can be a salutary and humbling realisation....
View from the Vicarage – Lent

View from the Vicarage – Lent

Ash Wednesday is a day of Holy Obligation that this year falls on the 1st of March. That’s to say that it is one of the principal dates in the calendar when a Christian ought to be in Church to make their Holy Communion and prepare themselves for the start of this...
View from the Vicarage – Advent

View from the Vicarage – Advent

“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” These words were written towards the end of the first century AD and form part of the Prologue to St John’s Gospel that is always read in Anglican liturgical celebrations on Christmas Eve. Advent...