We moved house this summer - so this poem is apt: the 'clocks and carpets and chairs on the lawn all day'. We moved to Maidenhead in Berkshire, so the painting is apt: Stanley Spencer lived and worked most of…
No one expected it.Few believed it. Even when they had it on good authority. Even when they'd been forewarned and forearmed (see Mark 8:31; 9:30-32; 10:32-34). But still it didn't sink in. Not immediately. And it wouldn't, would it. After all, dead men simply don't rise. They just DON'T. OK?
Ongoing writing means lack of ongoing blogging, as ever. But the end is in sight. On the home straight for getting full draft editor by 1st Jun. But here are a few links for this Holy Week
Elizabeth Berridge, until very recently, was the youngest woman in the House of Lords, the UK's upper house in Parliament. Raised to the peerage in the 2011, she was before that a barrister and then in 2006 became Executive Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship which exists to bring together Conservative Party voting Christians of all denominations. She describes herself as a classic Tory 'wet', as opposed to the 'Dry' Thatcherite end of the party's spectrum. If that terminology is rather meaningless to you (oreven sounds mildly offensive!) then listen in!
Just back from doing the All Souls week away in Bath - my first major thing for work since I was off from 1st Jan. All seemed to go smoothly and happily, which was rather a relief for all concerned. The focus this year was the grace-freedom we have in Christ - which Paul expounds so superbly through Galatians
While I was in the States at the end of last month, I had an afternoon to kill in Philadelphia. So the completely obvious thing to do was record another Q conversation. This time I sat down to chat with Ruth Naomi Floyd, whom I'd met at the European Leadership Conference in Hungary a few years ago. It's available on iTunes podcasts, or if you prefer a direct feed, here on Jellycast.
Thanks to the 10ofThose gang, my little collection of Easter narratives is now out and available for purchase. Called (rather originally, don't you think) The Resurrection, accompanied by the all-important, explanatory subtitle First Encounters with the Risen Christ, it's meant to be a bit of a companion to Sach and Jeffery's The Cross. However, it's not quite in the same style as mine is more an expository than systematic journey. My aim was to cover each of the 3 key Easter narratives in turn (from Matthew, Luke and John, in their biblical and length order).
For me, though, the standout of Francis Spufford's reading memoir The Child That Books Built is the chapter entitled The Island. For it is here that he waxes lyrical about Narnia. It is not just because he chimes with the countless numbers who loved C S Lewis' books (despite the likes of Philip Pullman and Polly Toynbee). It is the fact that he grasps something of their theological wonder (which will come as no surprise perhaps to those who have enjoyed his Unapologetic).
At long last - after literally hours and hours of speculation, I can now at last announce the winners of the Q Christmas competition. Each of these lucky, lucky people will receive a free copy of e-Cross-Examined.
Well, this is a first: a Quaerentia competition with REAL prizes (rather than the virtual Crunchie bars which I've so generously offered in the past! But the lovely people at IVP have given me a few free downloads of the recently published e-book of Cross-Examined. VERY exciting. Just what you always wanted for Christmas I'm sure. I completely realise that it's themes are more to do with Good Friday and Easter Day, but it seemed reasonable enough to give them away for Christmas.