Author: Peter

  • Be still

    No other generation has been bombarded by words, both spoken and written, as we are today. Newspapers and magazines provide news and comment on current events. Television 24-hour news channels communicate information from around the world. Chat shows and phone-in programmes offer the opportunity for people to express their views. Social networking enables millions of…

  • An amazing rescue

    Tony Bullimore was a millionaire British businessman and international yachtsman. In November 1996 he set off from France in his yacht Exide Challenger in the non-stop Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race. The route took competitors southwards to South Africa and eastwards into the Southern Ocean towards Australia. In January 1997 his yacht, and the yachts…

  • The Lord is risen!

    The wonderful message of Easter is “The Lord is risen!” After the crucifixion of Jesus, his disciples were devastated and despondent. The Lord whom they loved, and in whom all their hopes were centred, had died in the most terrible way. Early in the morning on the third day after Jesus died, Mary Magdalene went…

  • The Prince of Peace

    Easter reminds us of the climactic events of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. When the Gospel writers wrote their biographies of Jesus all of them focused most on the last week of his life. That week began with his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem when the crowds proclaimed him as their Messiah King.…

  • God is light and gives life

    Spring is a time of light and life. The days are lengthening, and the clocks will soon change. It is good to have the lighter mornings and soon the longer summer evenings will be with us. Many of us have found the wet and dark days of winter difficult even if we don’t suffer from…

  • A mother’s love

    Many people around the world have celebrated Mother’s Day. Children and families took time to remember their mother and to thank them for their love and care. The Bible tells us the first woman was called Eve, which means ‘life’, “because she would become the mother of all the living.” Every person born into this…

  • Giving thanks for the men and women of the RNLI

    This month the Royal National Life Institution is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Over the history of the RNLI a total of more than 144,000 people have been saved, including 389 in 2022. Almost all the operational crew members are volunteers who are ready to put their lives at risk in order to save lives at…

  • God is miraculously sustaining them

    On 24 February 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine. It was a massive escalation of a war that began in Crimea and the Donbas in 2014. For the past 2 years the people of Ukraine have experienced daily attacks on their cities and national infrastructure. Out of a total population of 41 million people, 8 million have…

  • Remembering Alexei Navalny

    The tragic death of Alexei Navalny gives a chilling insight into life in Russia today. Alexei was a leader in the Russian Opposition Coordination Council and was the main political opponent of President Putin. He was a lawyer by training and campaigned for human rights and against corruption. He was married with two children. On…

  • When enemies become friends

    The teaching of Jesus was counter-cultural and very relevant in his day and in ours. He challenged the teaching of the religious teachers of his time. In the Sermon on the Mount he told his disciples, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love…