Christmas: "Presents for the Journey"

The Revd Brutus Green

The Christmas Story begins with a journey. Like so many of the Old Testament stories, Abraham, Lot, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and the people of Israel, and all the threats of exiles and promises of return, and later in the New Testament the missionary journeys, followed by all the journeys of saints and missionaries which took Christianity to every corner of the globe; Christmas like every human story is the story of a journey.

Christ the King: "Seeing the World Differently"

The Revd Brutus Green

“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe.”

Advent: "Cognitive Ease"

The Revd Brutus Green

I have slight obsessive tendencies. Nothing too disturbing or unmanageable. Just a slight craving for order. The sort of straightening cutlery at dinner, making the table symmetrical, compulsion that some might mistake just for an attention to detail. It noticeably increases in times of stress or anxiety. So if I’m really hectically busy, I also have to fit in a couple of hours for tidying. Counter-productive but as they say, tidy room, tidy mind.

Horseman's Sunday: The Address

The Revd Brutus Green

Horses, by and large, get a rough ride in the Bible.

We are also told that the Lord ‘delighteth not in the strength of an horse’, though this is rightly qualified by him also ‘not taking pleasure in the legs of a man.’ For the most part they are associated with war and are very often, with their riders, thrown into the sea.

Trinity: "Our Bodies Matter"

The Revd Brutus Green

“And after the fire [there was] a sound of sheer silence.”

A soldier asked Abba Mios, one of the Desert Fathers of very early Christianity, if God accepted repentance. The old man replied “Tell me, my dear, if your cloak is torn, do you throw it away?” The soldier replied, “No I mend it and wear it again.” Abba Mios said to him, “If you are so careful about your cloak, will not God be equally careful about his creature?”

Trinity: "Effectively Amoral"

The Revd Brutus Green

‘Those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.’

One of the most eminent moral philosophers of the twentieth century,  Alasdair Macintyre, wrote some thirty years ago that Western societies had by and large become a-moral. By this he didn’t mean that we were all boozing too much, being wantonly promiscuous, that crime was high or we were neglectful of the poor. He wasn’t saying that we had become im-moral (with bad morals) - but a-moral - that is without morals.