End Water PovertyLife can, and does go on in the face of all manner of tragedies and deprivations. But life cannot be sustained without access to water. That’s why one of the most pressing humanitarian issues facing us in the twenty-first century isn’t global economic meltdown, climate change, or HIV/Aids – though such things demand our immediate and ongoing attention – but the fact that 1 billion people worldwide have no access to a clean, sustainable water supply; the most fundamental element of life.

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I just love this idea from TEARFUND:

This year, World Water Day (22 March) falls on the same day as Mothering Sunday.

It’s an opportunity to be reminded that many mothers will spend Mothering Sunday walking for hours to collect water for their families, or caring for children suffering from illnesses associated with poor sanitation and unclean water.

To mark Mothering Sunday, we’re launching a new action. We want to get 500 mothers to speak out and sign our letter to Gordon Brown.

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My final thought for the day until June was aired this morning on BBC Radio Bristol.

You can read it below, or for the coming week you can listen again on the BBC/iplayer – about 1 hr 47 mins into the programme.

Did you feast on pancakes last night? If you’re like me, you probably had to actually go out and buy ingredients so you could make them – tempted by Supermarket promotions on eggs and maple syrup. Which sort of defeats the point of Shrove Tuesday. After all, pancakes are traditionally Read the rest of this entry »

In rather timely fashion, I received in the post today a copy of Walk This Way: 40 Days on the Road with Jesus. I’d been thinking I could do with a book (other than the Bible) to give me some stimulating reading over Lent, and here it is.

To quote from the back cover:

Jesus calls us to a life of radical discipleship. He invites us to follow him and learn his ways. This book provides 40 days’ worth of daily readings from Christians – past and present – who have walked that path with Jesus. Here you will find insight from early Christian leaders, mystics, monks, Puritans and Poets.

I’ve promised to review the book, and this will appear at some stage on the  DeepChurch website, hosted by my good friend Jason Clark. But in the mean time, as Lent gets underway, any thoughts generated by the book  may well appear here first.

Here’s my Thought for the Day from this morning’s Breakfast Show on Radio Bristol.

I recently watched a programme presented by David Attenborough. At the beginning of it, he stood in front of a huge King James Bible and read from Genesis – God said unto them, Be fruitful, replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over it. ‘That made it clear,’ said Sir David, ‘According to the Bible humanity could exploit the natural world as they wished.’ Well, that’s one way you could read it. But it’s not the way most Read the rest of this entry »

I saw this on the BBC’s website and had a go for a bit of fun. I’m pleased to say that I managed a respectable 9/10 – though I didn’t recognize the words of Jesus in one of the questions 🙂

From Shakespeare to Steinbeck, literary greats have borrowed heavily from the Bible. Now, Poet Laureate Andrew Motion has raised concerns that students of English literature are struggling because they don’t understand Biblical references. Is he right to worry? Test your knowledge with this quiz from the Bible Society.


Below is my thought for the day from today’s breakfast show on radio Bristol.

If you are quick, you can listen again on line. Click on the link below, open the player and scoot along the time bar to around 1 hr 49 mins into the show: BBC BREAKFAST iPLAYER

Do you know, the last time I received a bonus I got £100 – and that despite the fact that I was doing a good job for my employer and that they were making excellent profits. Perhaps that’s why, like most people, I find it galling to read about the multi-million pound bonuses and golden Read the rest of this entry »

For those of you who missed it (most, if not all of you) here is my thought for the day from BBC Radio Bristol’s Programme. I’ll be doing this every Wednesday morning throughout February at around 7.40 am on 94.9 FM, or you can listen online live (or later as a podcast) via the BBC Bristol Website.

Do you know, when I come onto the breakfast show, I always get introduced as being a local writer. But like the rest of us, I’m more than what I do for a living. I’m also a stay-at-home dad. And mostly this is an absolute joy – but my thoughts for this day, as they have been for more than a week now, are with my daughter who is sick and running a fever. Far from being a much maligned absent father, or a selfish parent who is Read the rest of this entry »

Given the current context, the recent publication of the National Accounts of Wellbeing from the New Economics Foundation couldn’t be more timely and more fascinating (see HERE; HERE and HERE).  There is increasing political interest in such research and indices of human wellbeing and the role these should play in policy making. That’s one reason why I felt the need to flag up such things in my book, A Permanent Becoming, and hopefully play some small part in waking up the Christian Community to the central role it can play in such things.

Though I write specifically about happiness here, the relationship to issues of wellbeing are the same.

Wake Up Call
The search for happiness has a long history.

One ancient Greek Philosopher said something like, ‘No one ever pursues happiness as a means to something else.’ By which, he meant that while you might go after money, or fame, or sex because you think they will bring you happiness, you don’t go after happiness to get . . . well you don’t.

The point is this: the pursuit of happiness is core to who we are. It’s one of the things that all human beings do. Happiness is a uniquely desirable Read the rest of this entry »

Unlike the BBC, bloggers don’t have to make editorial decisions based on impartiality. Personally, I think the BBC’s decision demonstrates partiality, after all, many of the other appeals broadcast by the BBC on behalf the Disasters Emergency Committee cut across political, religious and cultural divide, so why make an exception here? It also find it patronizing, suggesting that the audience cannot distinguish between impartial reporting and the need to address human suffering which transcends the issues that concern the editors of the BBC. When the DEC make an appeal you know that there is genuine and pressing need, so please support the DEC and pray that the BBC come to their senses.


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