Soul Food – A Ministers Blog

Ministers Blog

Friends, enemies and angels

I was in the old Deanery opposite Ripon Cathedral a few days ago. It was a family occasion and I was in conversation with a guy talking about his work. It ended with one of contemporary life’s truisms: ‘You’ve got to look after number 1 and those you love. That’s all you can do.’ We […]

Family fortunes

Leo Tolstoy famously begins his great novel Anna Karenina with this oft quoted line: ‘All happy families resemble each other; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ It’s a brilliant insight. There is a fundamental simplicity and consistency in healthy and happy family life. However unhappiness in family life takes endlessly varied and […]

Money! money! money!

Money. It’s one of those things that, if you ask almost anyone if they’d like a bit more, then the answer is the same. Even footballers earning massive amounts each week still seem to want more, however much they also seem to want trophies. After all, most people find that the money they would like […]

On being enough

‘It’s enough. I have enough. I am enough. Life is enough. With all my heart I thank you.’
Jo Leddy
So often like Martha, we find ourselves worried and distracted by many things (Luke 10:41).  Life demands much of  us.

We are complex beings driven by many motives, some good and some not so good as we seek […]

‘It’s child’s play!’ Really?! – Childhood

Teaching & reflection on childhood

The children and young people have left our service for their groups, but out of sight should not be out of mind. As a community of believers in Jesus as the supreme revelation of God, we can hardly avoid reflecting upon childhood without being unfaithful followers, because he made the child […]

‘Only a bit of paper?’ Marriage

Teaching and reflection on marriage

We could approach this vast topic in any number of ways. Let me tell you what I will not cover today. I won’t dwell on marriage as a social institution. It is changing. It always has changed. It always will change. But pressures on marriage seem very strong in our time. […]

The inspiring One

Teaching and reflection on Exodus 35:30-36:7
One of the great difficulties with which we struggle is imagining life any differently from the way we experience it now. Does anything really change? Does the world as a whole ever truly change or is it a matter of the same old pattern? Or at a personal level we […]

The creative One

Teaching & reflection on Genesis 1:2
Have you ever doubted everything you’ve been brought up to believe about God and Jesus? I went through such a time of doubt in my late teens. But as I was coming through it, I realised the world becomes a different place dependent on what you believe lies at the […]

The promised One

Teaching & reflection on Joel 2:28-29
To say, ‘Things are always changing’, is to utter a truism. But to say, things are always changing but the world stays the same, is to prize open a mystery! On the surface of things, it’s all change. But beneath the surface nothing much changes. It’s the same old story: […]

Prayer images – Hands up

Teaching & reflections on Exodus 17:8-16
Imagine yourself as a new Christian who’s never been brought up to read or understand the bible. Some months ago you were drawn to Jesus, the prince of peace. In a profound way he spoke into your sense of dis-ease and you came to understand his life, his death and […]