Easter’s just a day

One of my duties when I first arrived at All Saints’ Church, West Haddon, was to lead a mid-week service of Holy Communion – the BCP version, naturally! The custom was for the worship leader at that service to deliver not so much a sermon as what the vicar called ‘a blessed thought.’ I published […]

We can’t all be Billy Graham, but…

July 16, 2017.  At first sight, the two readings set by the Church of England in its wisdom for this fifth Sunday after Trinity don’t seem to fit together, which is something of a challenge for preachers. The New Testament reading is from Paul’s letter to the Romans. Paul was a very prolific writer, and […]

Questions contented him

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Swimming in treacle

But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still […]

Taken at the flood

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to […]

Downstream a little

A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa […]