Signs of the Times?

‘One swallow does not make a summer’ goes the saying and I interpret it to mean that you should not turn a single incident into a sign of a trend. However, when two similar incidents follow in rapid succession, even the cautious observer is entitled to suspect that something is up. And in the [...]

2019-03-26T10:41:24+01:00March 26th, 2019|Categories: J.John Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Cheerfulness

I want to promote cheerfulness; an approach to life simply defined as being happy, often under difficult circumstances. The cheerful person is capable of recognising the gravity of a situation but smiling nevertheless. In any ranking of virtues, cheerfulness comes below such things as faith, hope and love. Nevertheless, for all its modest ranking [...]

2019-03-25T16:38:14+01:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: J.John Blog|Tags: , , , |

A Jesus for Today

It was the Ukrainian version that did it. I knew that The Life: A Portrait of Jesus had gone through many print runs and spread around the world, but seeing a photograph of a translation from somewhere north of the Black Sea made me think that it was perhaps time to revisit it. The Life, [...]

2019-03-25T11:32:42+01:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: J.John Blog, Resources|Tags: , , |

Why Keep Lent?

The church’s calendar is marked by short festivals that are celebrated with joy, yet Lent is a period – a ‘season’ – of the forty days before Easter which is very much in a minor key. Lent is never celebrated but only ‘kept’ and is not so much marked by what we do but [...]

2019-03-04T09:57:10+01:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: J.John Blog|Tags: , , , , , |