1. I have finished a book recently and have not chosen the next one yet. 'The story of reality' from this list of summer reading caught my eye and looks interesting.
2. The Grenfell tower disaster requires 'prayer not rage'
3. I have been mulling on the parable of the wheat and the weeds.
4. A line from Leading with a limp has stuck with me:
'Courage is fear that has said its prayers' Ann Lamott
5. I spent some time with some of the ''Senior Management" of the C of E and was left encouraged that there is something of a strategy for survival. The big idea for survival is resourcing churches that have planted to themselves plant churches. Now there's an idea. Did I mention I wrote 'Why plant churches?'
6. This article told me the average salary in Kensington and Chelsea is £123k which represents dreadful inequality. That seems to me staggeringly high or have stipends just not kept pace with everyone one else's incomes? Someone tell my Bishop- actually the truth is none of us do this for the money. I suppose a few Russian billionaires must up the average a tad.
7. Many in our days are crying for human justice. In commenting on the destruction of evil and the divine justice of the Wheat and weeds (Matt 13) Michael Green writes:
'All this is very unacceptable to people today; we do not treat evil with great seriousness, and many do not believe in a future life, a heaven and a hell where the great separation will be finalized But it is an undeniable part of the teaching of Jesus. Are we going to claim to know more about it than he?'
Green, Matthew BST, 157
8. I read 'Healing Kenosis and the Third person' with interest. I also mused at my many memories of SS reading this article that appeared a while back in GQ.