Category Archives: Society

Rogation

This is my sermon for Rogation Sunday. The word ‘rogation’ comes from the Latin for ‘to ask’. There is a tradition of praying for the crops to grow well and produce a good harvest.

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War. What fun!

More air strikes. America attacks. Britain and France meekly follow Trump’s lead. Britain’s four RAF Tornados may not be the biggest part of the initiative, but it means we’re metooing. Most of the public discourse is about surface isssues: who … Continue reading

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Responding to sexual abuse

The recent revelations of sexual abuse horrify us, particularly when the victims were children. It is one thing to feel horrified, another to respond in a constructive way. Much of the public response has sounded to me like Guardian readers … Continue reading

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Who is to blame for snow?

How dare it snow, and mess up our plans? What went wrong? Okay, you and I know that nobody is to blame. No human, anyway. So why do we call it bad weather?

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Health: what are we trying to achieve?

This is about the nature of health. In a recent post I argued that health services should take priority because everything we do depends on having enough health. Here I ask what we think good health is. This is about … Continue reading

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John Warboys and the meaning of justice

Nick Boles explodes. The British Government isn’t addressing the crises in housing and health, says this Conservative Member of Parliament. But, as the Guardian describes his mood, ‘the Worboys decision was the final straw’. The Parole Board has decided that … Continue reading

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What do we expect from the National Health Service?

Prime Minister Theresa May, in her New Year live interview on Sunday, got quite a grilling from Andrew Marr. The Independent provides a video and report. Marr described the case of Leah Butler-Smith whose mother waited five hours to be … Continue reading

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How far would you follow a star?

Even as a child, I was puzzled. How could a star lead the Magi to a specific house without coming so close that Planet Earth would burn into a pile of ashes? Matthew didn’t expect his readers to take it … Continue reading

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How should we relate to the homeless?

This coming Sunday many churches will be focusing on John the Baptist. As I began my sermon preparation an advertisement for Crisis at Christmas was being broadcast on the radio; and the free magazine of Liverpool City Council came through … Continue reading

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Addiction: what is to blame?

Cassiobury Court has provided an interesting infographic on recent cuts to services. Since the UK Health and Social Care Act of 2012, expenditure on addiction services has dropped and drug-related deaths have sharply increased. I have no expertise in this … Continue reading

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