Stretton Focus

Pushing out to the Edge

Article in Stretton Focus, February 2019 As humans travel to the edge of the Solar System and colonise the planets, what God will be found? I think it was one of the greatest Archbishops of Canterbury, a scholar and statesman, William Temple (1881-1944) who said something like: “Every idea is ultimately theology, i.e. about God, […]

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Leadership

Article in Stretton Focus, March 2019 After his baptism by John and feeling that he had God’s approval Jesus went into the wilderness to think about his mission and how he was to accomplish it. He was tempted by some comfortable options and one of the means he thought about but did not pursue was […]

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GET UP OFF YOUR ASSumptions…

Article in Stretton Focus, April 2019 … and have a look at what you’ve been sitting on. We all make assumptions. An assumption is something that we just take for granted as being true, without raising any questions about it. There was a time when people thought the world was flat, and the sun moved […]

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Judgement at the End of Days

Article in Stretton Focus, May 2019 The ‘end of days’ is deeply rooted in Christian thinking. That extraordinary late addition to the Bible, the Book of Revelation, offers the vision of a certain John (not the apostle) living on the isle of Patmos. His final apocalypse is full of startling horror images accompanied by the […]

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Proverbs for today

Article in Stretton Focus, June 2019 The Book of Proverbs in the Bible urges us to seek for wisdom and understanding: without which we are likely to make shipwreck of our lives. The search for wisdom is a continuous requirement: and if there are proverbs addressed directly to our own day and age, we should […]

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A Wake-up Call

Article in Stretton Focus, September 2019 The leaders of world religions should be sounding a wake-up call to their own followers, instead of just defending their own beliefs, and trying to convert others to it. The higher purpose of any religion should be to point beyond itself, to some all-embracing reality that might be called […]

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Mysterious Visitors

Article in Stretton Focus, December 2019 So who were the three wise men, some call them kings, who Mathew tells us visited the infant Jesus? We must not take the story literally. The story of Jesus’ birth was created in the latter half of the first century to address the need for a ‘biography’ which […]

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Hope for a better world

Article in Stretton Focus, January 2018 Towards the end of last year some statistics were published in the media about religious identity. They read that some 53% of people in a survey identified themselves as non-religious and among young people it was higher at 71%. Apart from the usual suspicion about damn lies and statistics, […]

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