a bit of a talk…

“Of course they will expect a bit of a talk…”
Those words were echoing through my mind as the first reading from Genesis was being read.
Creation, story, unbelief, busses and their god-less messages anything less meaningless!!

Inspiration at the last possible moment came whilst drifting away from the reading back to the morning’s breakfast. The children wanted to watch a video whilst eating and chose Narnia! I was now re-creating the scene for my congregation in which Lucy (the youngest of the four Narnian adventurers was not believed about the land behind the wardrobe, even though she was more truthful out of herself and Edmond!
It occured to me as dd1 asked if there was a real place called Narnia me that perhaps we have lost our ability to imagine and to see the truth in stories needing to see tangible evidence.
The desperate need to know whether Narnia was real was not helped by my assertion that stories are as real as we want or need them to be. Those who don’t need or want the creation story to be real have seemingly lost the childhood ability to imagine a world beyond our own, strangly, something i attribute to the assertion of David Attenborough when he said recently on BBC1 about Darwin, that humanity believed it was the dominant race because the bible says so.
Such a lack of imagination not to engage with the story, but simply to say this is how it is.
If we start to realise we are not the most important creature on this planet, then that can be a starting point for cooperation rather than domination.  Of course that is the scary part for those with fixed ideas about the unseen world as we have to start to let go of our power over our own future…

All from the comments of a 9 year old sceptic!

Extreme Pilgrim

I’ve just finished watching Extreme Pilgrim on the new BBCi player, v.useful!! Well, I thought I had better watch the program since I preached about it in the context of epiphany!!

Revd Peter Owen Jones says that Church of England is intellectual, while one of the religions he is visiting is purely physical in its spirituality, its path to God. Well, I would have to say that after a weekend of bricklaying, I rather feel that we can do the physical as well, we just have to be slightly more creative about it. Perhaps laying the foundations of a greenhouse is not quite what he is on about…

I look forward to the next episode on Friday 9pm BBC2

Since writing the above I have realised that I always ‘write’ my sermons whilst doing something, walking, shopping, gardening etc. I guess the physical frees the mind to think clearly.

The spirituality of smoking

Odd topic?

Well, not really, it’s just a thought about what you do when smoking and how it relates to the rest of life

Now some people might consider smoking to be a waste of time money and a danger to health, well I can certainly say that I do feel healthier after quitting, BUT, have i lost more than I gained?

This isn’t about smoking those long white things that come in 10’s or 20’s, (or 16’s if you’re drunk and can’t be bothered to walk from the pub to the shop!)

I’m talking about the art of rolling and smoking tobacco in it’s finer form. Baccy, weed, rollies etc.

It’s about time, effort achievement but most of all it’s about spending 5 minutes doing nothing better than twiddling a piece of paper round dried leaves and if you were like me inserting what looked like a mouse tampon in the end. After this you can smoke it happily in the understanding that you made it. (or if you are new to rolling, wondering where you went wrong and why it won’t work!!!)

OK a tenuous point, not really spirituality of smoking is it?. Well there is a bit more…

I have noticed a few things, baccy smokers are (contrary to popular opinion) social people.

They are also not in a hurry to get anywhere. Each movement is a carefully considered action with the consideration of a smoking break built in

There is time for reflection, cogitation and determination of the next move

It might just be that baccy smokers are the next philosophers, having and taking the time to sit / stand and mull.

But of course, they will die early so, as all great thinkers only be really appreciated when they are pushing up the daisies!!