What's wrong with evangelicals

I'm still here, still busy with novels, and have had many big thoughts. Today, after a tidy of the blog, I decided to write one so that you know Between The Stools is yet alive. That phrase - Yet alive - came from an Easter hymn that we sang as...

Wrong Colour, Wrong Spong

Ten years ago, I wrote a book review for EF News called “Right Colour, Wrong Place – A Bishop rethinks sexuality.” It was my introduction to John Shelby Spong. I felt him a well meaning and  honest author, but I queried many of his suggestions....

Jesus is the Snake! (in the Garden of Eden)

  That’s why he’s equal with God!       I am so excited, I first saw this last March (see this blog on Garden of Eden) but now I know it...       Instead of lightning at blasphemy and leading astray or the folly of mistake,...

Rise off your knees

I have just listened to an old friend preach a sermon. She doesn't know, as it was an online podcast. I had believed that I had taken a very different faith path to her and perhaps that was why we gently lost touch. I was surprised at my finding her...

A new way to see Good Friday

I'm once again offering my outdoor service based round my own music. I sat in a conventional Seven sayings of the Cross concert a couple of years ago, and felt I wanted to create my own. I didn't like the theology, tone and especially the ending,...

Temptation - What's the Eden story really about?

I was asked to read Genesis 3 at church tonight, the Garden of Eden story. Having spent 2 terms at university on Jewish and Christain understandings of it, I knew the chapter repaid close reading. I am tempted to get out those notes.... I used the...

Sin, worms and living in abundance

This is from the sermon I preached to the Christ Conscious Community in Norwich on 24th Nov 2013   It comes straight from my notes - I don't believe in reading every word I preach!   Sin is a controversial, emotive subject; what I say...

Diversity and the Supernatural

This is a shortened version of my first sermon, preached April 2012, and published in part in The Unitarian in December 2012   Are we really as diverse as we claim? Are there actually tenets that we don’t tolerate? Can our congregations really...

Struggling With Jesus

I’ve written articles called Going off Austen and Gandhi, but I hardly dare write the phrase that this topic lends itself to, which has come up over the recent Easter season.   As someone who accepted a Christian faith from an unusually early...

On Becoming A Crone - a response

  I knew that this was not going to be a talk on Going Witchy, but on entering the 3rd era of a woman's life. I applauded the idea, from a service leader I enjoy. I was glad that effort was made to include men and women wherever they are in their...

“The Wisdom of the Smurfs"

Preached Feb 2013 at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich   'Maybe we’re not satisfied at all It seems our share is always much too small So how is life in smurfing land -   is a smurf much wiser than a man?'     Why, 1979 by Kartner,...

Holy or honest talk?

It’s hard when you start presenting to a spiritual group. There’s a feeling of pull between what you ought to say and what you really think.   I decided early on that honesty and integrity are essential values.   I know I could couch all...

Film group or film makers?

For many years I have felt an outsider and wondered if the faith group I was looking for existed. I found others who also didn’t fit but not a place to meet. I’ve had a conviction for some years that I would need to start my own. And I feel that time...