Ethics & Christian living, Recommended books

‘Dethroning Mammon: making money serve grace’ by Justin Welby – a review by Gordon Kuhrt

Mammon is money or possessions when they are enthroned. The author says there is nothing wrong with money in itself, but when it exercises supreme power (is enthroned) it becomes mammon: evil, destructive and dangerous. A Foreword commending the book is from Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche movement which now has nearly 150 communities worldwide.… Continue reading ‘Dethroning Mammon: making money serve grace’ by Justin Welby – a review by Gordon Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living

Farewell facebook, twitter and blogging. See you at Easter

Over the last year, I have written about busyness being the enemy of spirituality and reflected on my son’s feedback that I am a nicer person without my iPhone. But do I really believe in what I am writing? It is incredibly easy for those who write blogs to sound off on all kinds of… Continue reading Farewell facebook, twitter and blogging. See you at Easter

Ethics & Christian living

Being obedient to becoming more human – by Jenny Flannagan

“Because of our Welfare State, it’s hard in the UK for the Church to find social needs to respond to,” explained the young man to the group of European Christian leaders.  “The local homeless project has asked members of the Church not to give money to anyone begging outside the church,” announced the Curate to… Continue reading Being obedient to becoming more human – by Jenny Flannagan

Ethics & Christian living

Giving up negativity for Lent – by Anna Whittaker

With Easter fast on its way (the Creme Eggs have been on the shelves since before Christmas), many of us will be marking the Lent period by giving up something which we feel we would struggle to live without. My past attempts at this have had mixed results, the most successful being when I gave… Continue reading Giving up negativity for Lent – by Anna Whittaker

Theology & Church

Sex, chocolates and a lie in for Easter…or is Christianity worth getting out of bed for?

The vicar of All Saints Church in Hove, Father Phil Ritchie, hit the headlines The Daily Mail and The Sun this weekend when he made these comments to his local paper: ‘The problem with the church is that we stay inside our building and occasionally come out and say “Why don’t you come to our church,… Continue reading Sex, chocolates and a lie in for Easter…or is Christianity worth getting out of bed for?

Ethics & Christian living

Having my cake and eating it: a Lent reflection – by Nikki Kuhrt

‘Man does not live on bread alone.’  Jesus ‘Is there anything a donut cannot do?’ Homer Simpson Although I believe there is more to life than food, Homer’s words speak to my soul. Not only do I love a crispy crème donut, I am also equally partial to biscuits, chocolate, a nice glass of wine… Continue reading Having my cake and eating it: a Lent reflection – by Nikki Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living

Busyness: the enemy of spirituality

How often do you hear people make comments like: 'I’m so busy' or ‘It’s been a crazy week’ or ‘I just don’t know how I am going to get everything done’. Being honest, I find myself saying things like this all the time.  I've been thinking - why do I say these comments? My job and other… Continue reading Busyness: the enemy of spirituality

Ethics & Christian living

Lent: the best time for a bit of R&R

Today is Shrove Tuesday so tomorrow Lent will begin.  At a church we visited on Sunday, the minister spoke about Lent as ‘a time of preparation for Easter, the most important Christian festival’.  My 7 year old son Tom turned to me aghast and said (a bit too loudly) "Easter?  More important than Christmas? I think Christmas is loads… Continue reading Lent: the best time for a bit of R&R