Echoes from Eternity 4. W. H. Auden

W H Auden had in later life the most wonderfully craggy face in English literature. But this poem comes from many years earlier and is rather less heart-warming than the others we've had. But then, because we can't always be…

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Echoes from Eternity 3. Alan Paton

Alan Paton (1903-1988) was a South African who spent decades fighting against the apartheid system. He was a founding member of the Liberal Party of South Africa and worked in it until it was banned by the government. He is…

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Echoes from Eternity 2. R. S. Thomas

R. S. Thomas, I imagine, would not necessarily have had much time for me. I don't really know why I think that (and I'm probably committing a gross calumny), but there's a severity and pointedness to his writing which suggests…

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Echoes from Eternity 1. George Herbert

Here is the first in what will be a daily (or almost daily) reading of some great, inspirational or devotional writing from the past, and perhaps the present. https://vimeo.com/398583298 More about George Herbert The BagLove (III)

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Precious Moments in Little Gidding

There's a special quality to the landscape at Little Gidding. It's not spectacular, nor is it especially unusual. It's archetypally English: undulating, Midlands farmland, broken up by hedgerows, small copses, and the odd steeple. It's a scene replicated across the…

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Q Marks the Spot 137 (March 2020)

Sacred Treasure There has been much heat and hurt recently about power abuse and church ministry. It is something that I've been working on and engaging with for the last 10 years or so. Here are some of the better…

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Anti-Semitism in the UK: 1. 75 years after Auschwitz…

The president of Poland Andrzej Duda walks with survivors through the gates of Auschwitz to attend the 75th anniversary commemorations (AP) I started working on this short series of posts while sitting in Frankfurt airport, en route to Ukraine. Just in…

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Q Marks the Spot 136 (February 2020)

Sacred Treasure This is an extraordinary story that reads like a whodunnit: the stolen early manuscript of Mark? (long read but worth it)I'm an unashamed John Dickson fan - his new book on the historical Jesus looks great: here he…

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