Category Archives: KSBC

September 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. Picture a seesaw. It reminds us of balance, ups and downs, fun and enjoyment, and also the nursery rhyme. But recently someone had the idea of putting some seesaws through the border fence … Continue reading

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August 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. How often we say things like, “Oh, I see now!” or “I finally saw through him.” Clearly, we are using the verb “to see” in a metaphorical way. In the first case we … Continue reading

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July 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. Once upon a time it was very simple: the World Cup came around every four years and, in our nation’s folk memory, “we” won it once. Now it is more complicated. As I … Continue reading

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June 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. There it was. After years of hearing about it on news reports of “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, I was looking over towards the Bogside. It was my first visit to Ireland in … Continue reading

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May 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. Most people will never have heard of Candice Payne, but she featured in news reports back in February because she rented 30 hotel rooms for homeless people to stay in during this winter’s … Continue reading

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April 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. Easter is late this year, almost as late as it can be, but “Better late than never!” as they say. Imagine for a moment what the world would be like if Easter had … Continue reading

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March 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. Charles Dickens was once asked what the best short story was. His reply, apparently, was, “The Prodigal Son.” Today we may or may not agree with his opinion, but we will certainly know … Continue reading

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February 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. What is it that we have lots of, but never enough of? One answer would be time. Sometimes we think, “I’ve all the time in the world.” We feel that we can relax … Continue reading

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December 2018 – January 2019

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. I wonder what you are afraid of? What do we fear? When we were young we might have been afraid of the dark. A common fear as we grow up is the fear … Continue reading

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November 2018

Originally published in the King’s Stanley Magazine. Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. I was showing these venerable strip cartoon characters to the congregation as part of my talk on Remembrance Sunday in 2014. Afterwards, a lady who had been born in … Continue reading

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