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Dear Friends, I’ve been invited to speak at a week-long Bible convention in Kenya at the beginning of September.  The event is being held in Kwale Archdeaconry in the Anglican Diocese of Mombasa which is in the east of the country.  Primarily the convention is aimed at clergy, readers and other church leaders.  The event…

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Dear Friends,   At this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April I took the opportunity to explain the current situation in the Church of England regarding women Bishops and Priests.  If you weren’t able to be present at the meeting I’d like to offer a summary of what I said.  Also can I encourage…

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Dear Friends, The turmoil caused by Bishop Philip North’s experience with Sheffield Diocese will not go away easily. In a statement explaining his withdrawal from his appointment as the next Bishop of Sheffield Philip said this: “The news of my nomination has elicited a strong reaction within the diocese and some areas of the wider…

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Dear Friends, You probably heard in the news that the Church of England General Synod refused to ‘take note’ of a report prepared by the House of Bishops on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships.  The report wasn’t perfect and showed some worrying traits but on the whole had much to commend it: it upheld the…

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Dear Friends,  Thank you so much for the loving support you gave me on the Sunday of my installation as Honorary Canon of Blackburn Cathedral.  There were lots of kind words and cards, as well as the presence of many of you at the lunch and the service itself. However, I had to laugh when…

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Text for 2017 “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19,20) Dear Friends, Where have you seen these words: “Giving thanks always for all things.”  Even if you don’t know that it’s a quote…

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Dear Friends, Hallelujah! If you watched or heard the news on 7th November you can’t have missed the reports of the death of Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter. Inevitably his most famous song, “Hallelujah!” was aired several times and I found myself wondering what the song is about. “Hallelujah” is, of course, a Hebrew word…

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Dear Friends, Archdeacon Mark Ireland led the first of our prayer workshops in October*.  He spoke from his own experience and offered lots of helpful, practical wisdom on how to keep a “Quiet time” going.  He mentioned that at times he has regularly made use of the General Thanksgiving – in fact it’s a prayer…

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Dear Friends, I can’t imagine that many residents of Padiham or Hapton are impressed with the recent proposals made by the Boundary Commission.  The suggestion is that we should be removed from the Burnley parliamentary constituency and put in with Accrington.  Of course we’ve got nothing against the good folk of Accrington; it’s just that…

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Dear Friends, As I write this I feel sad that the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are drawing to a close and so the hours of exciting and enjoyable coverage on television will soon be at an end.  But as Christians should we find enjoyment in watching sport?  Is it good to take pleasure…

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