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The Archishop, Holy Island And A Uganda Village.

I met recently retired Archbishop Sentamu at a post-Covid-restrictions dinner yesterday.  He told me that when he was offered a place in UK's Second Chamber ('The House of Lords') he asked that he be given the title 'Baron of Lindisfarne and Masooli'.  The powers that be granted him Lindisfarne but...

Posted at 09:10am on 23rd July 2021

Reviews, Podcasts And Tweets

Yesterday I recorded a podcast with Forrest Inslee in USA of Circlewoood Earthcaster’s Podcasts. He says that reading Celtic Christianity and Climate Crisis Sacristy is renewaing his hope.  More info shortly.

 Review in Transforming Ministry

Celtic Christianity and Climate Crisis

Ray Simpson

Sacristy £12.99 pbk

 This book, by...

Posted at 09:23am on 15th July 2021

A New Camelot?

Following the Batley bye-election new factors are at last being recognized in the politics of Britain and Ireland: that an English Parliament, a federal UK Government that contains representatives of all four ‘home nations’, or...

Posted at 08:48am on 9th July 2021

Climate Deniers And The Bible

The CAH Way of Life’s starting point is to root out denial. Simplicity springs from the Beatitude ‘Blest are the poor in spirit’ – that is ‘Blest are those who root out the...

Posted at 08:10am on 1st July 2021

Authors Take Heart!

James McConnachie, editor of The Author magazine, laments the drying up of opportunity and stimulus for authors during Covid. . But then he writes these memorable words of encouragement:

Posted at 07:48am on 24th June 2021

Divine Dialogues


 Deep speaks to deep. Monk in the Market Place … and the Simpsons (DLT) is eliciting divine phone dialogues from surprising people in different lands. It seems my honesty about my ‘Shadow’, and the capturing of divine golden threads in an ordinary person’s life has given people permission...

Posted at 08:22am on 17th June 2021

Autobiography - Methodist Recorder Review


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Posted at 10:21am on 9th June 2021

The Celtic Way Of Mission:

 Leaders of the world-wide Forge church planting network invited Scott Brennan and myself to lead a global webinar on this subject. In my case I had my hand on my heart (see last week’s blog). This prompted some interesting questions:

Question 1: What is the celtic church?


Posted at 12:45pm on 3rd June 2021

What’s The Point Of A Heart Attack?

A few hours after I posted last week’s blog I was rushed to Cramlington Hospital with a heart attack. I was returned three days later with six medications and the promise of a stent if these don’t work.

 What’s the point of a heart attack? 

1)   ...

Posted at 08:56am on 27th May 2021

Be Worthy Of The Curse


A friend who dedicated his post-student life to work for a fear-free, prejudice free post-apartheid South Africa, but who was asked to leave by Afrikaner co-workers, has written this to me after reading about ‘misunderstandings’ in my autobiography, Monk in the Marketplace pages 93-99.



Posted at 17:33pm on 19th May 2021
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