She hath done what she could

I don’t know what is running through the minds and hearts of the candidates for ordination who are sitting here at this moment. Obviously, of course, I know that a hundred per cent of their conscious attention is taken up in listening to the sermon. But I don’t know what may be going on underneath.  […]


When Christians gather together to worship, whether two or three or two or three thousand, they are quickly reminded or become aware that they are in the presence of God.  The ability to name the presence of God develops skills that stand in the tradition stretching from wrestling Jacob to the broken bread of the […]

Rain and the Rhinoceros

Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By “they” I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what cannot be sold is not real, […]


Once I taught a class who were the bottom set.  It is rubbish to be the bottom set.  They were the bottom set in English and they were all boys.  They called me Doc T, and so did everyone else, but only that class occasionally forgot themselves and called me Mum, and then they were […]

The wrong place

The moment I like at Christmas comes for me at mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve, though for you the timing may vary – but I think you’ll recognise the moment. It’s the moment at which it’s too late for any more preparations, and you’re going to have to have Christmas with whatever you’ve got. I mentioned […]