May 30, 2019

Walked up the High Street to lunch in Exeter College and felt the buzz of students in sub fusc coming back for the Examination Schools and caught snatches of other languages as a group of young tourists talked animatedly in the bright sunlight. Then, all of a sudden an...

December 23, 2018

The two Corpus Carol Services were a wonderful climax to my year there as Acting Chaplain. Sadly, just as you are bonding with the choir and students, it's time to go. 

In the order of service for the Parents’ and Old Members' service, beside each reading, I had named t...

November 5, 2018

It may be school half term, but the Oxford University term is only three weeks in. My first encounter with this year’s freshers at Corpus Christi College was at the Welfare introductory meeting where I faced an Auditorium full of eighteen-year-olds looking down challen...

June 9, 2018

This is the full version of what the Mail printed in butchered form on 9 June 2018

Before I switched on ‘Love Island’ I was ready to say it was part of our throw-away society where relationship is consumed and chucked away like the plastic choking our oceans. But what I...

May 20, 2017

Just delighted that Philip Pullman has endorsed my forthcoming book, Friday's Child, to be published later this year by John Hunt Publishing. It's an anthology of poems on suffering and redemption accompanied by a commentary from me that runs throughout the book. Phili...

March 27, 2017

This extract from a recent funeral address struck a chord with an unusally large number of people, so I share it here.

I think I know roughly what Sue thought about what Christians call the ‘Kingdom of God’ as a present reality: namely that God can be made present throu...

December 15, 2016

Just found this chapter from an old book of mine which sold but a few copies and was surprised by how good it was! I've edited it a bit.

GOD IN MUSIC

‘Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part

With all thy art.

The crosse taught all wood to resound his name,

Who bore the sa...

December 5, 2016

Roughly once a year I’m lucky enough to travel as a cruise ship lecturer. We’ve been as far as Vietnam and China, but always prefer the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, these days, cruise companies fear terrorism and are reluctant to go to North Africa, Egypt, Israel, Ist...

October 11, 2016

I think of myself as one of you – a tiller of the Marston clay - a land holder in Marston for £7 a year – yes, I have an allotment. People ask me what I grow: right now I have spinach, corn, marrows, cabbage, beetroot, leeks, sunflowers. All through my years as Vicar o...

July 20, 2016

I apologise to those who have been looking here for my latest blog. I have been completely absorbed with my own personal housing crisis, encouraging and cajoling my builder to finish renovating our home, which we should have moved into three months ago, and working my...

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