Daily Readings – An Evolving Faith

I always struggle to decide on a series of daily readings. I also struggle with keeping going once I’ve picked something.

This year I’m trying the (free) daily emails from Richard Rohr. So far they’re brilliant. They’re not the traditional reflection on a specific Bible passage. They are fascinating, and really helpful. This week we’ve been exploring how Jesus used the Bible in teaching. It’s not too late to start. Sign up here if you want to have a go. It’d be easy to catch up on the readings so far which are in the blog – just go back to 30 Dec

To quote from the first in the series:

As we come to the end of this year, we begin a new theme for the Daily Meditations. Over the next twelve months our focus will be “Old and New: An Evolving Faith.” Today’s world faces so many challenges. Christianity is supposed to heal suffering and mend divides, yet it has often exacerbated the problem. Is such a religion even worth saving?

While there are unhelpful and even harmful parts of what has passed for Christianity that we need to move beyond, I believe there are many good, beautiful, and true gems well worth saving—and living. It is of no use to anybody if Christianity is just a museum or an antique shop where we prefer to collect old things for their own sake. Yet we can rediscover many good old things that are perennially valuable. We would be foolish to reject them….

As we’ll see, Jesus revealed a God who is in total solidarity with humanity, even and most especially in its suffering…. There are plenty of things I still find baffling, . . . but then I look at Christ, and I get a deep assurance that God is good, and gracious, and not so far away. Let’s be honest: that is all we need to move forward.”

A Simple Tool to Help You Make Sense of Life

Yes, it is quite a claim. It’s from a recent blog post by Sheridan Voysey. Have a read.

Sheridan provides some simple ideas on keeping a journal. He also made a post some time ago with a little more detail. Basically you need some sort of notebook and a pen or pencil! You don’t aim to make an entry every day – just from time to time.

Sheridan led the recent retreat we went to at Scargill on the Sermon on the Mount. It was excellent. We think he’ll be leading another later in 2019.

Carols for Christmas

Carols are a key part of Christmas. There are lots of chances to share in singing some of your favourites. Join us:

Sunday 16th December 10.15 am Carol Service at Braithwaite

Thursday 20th December 8pm Carol Singing at Middle Ruddings


Sunday 23rd December 10.15 am  Communion with Carols at Newlands

Christmas Eve: 4 pm Crib Service & 11.30pm Midnight Communion at Braithwaite

Christmas Day 10.15 am All Age Christmas Service at Thornthwaite