Hello everyone, Happy Christmas. I hope you’ve had a great holiday season so far.
As 2016 rolls inexorably into view, I’ve decided that I’m going to try and discipline myself (call it a New Year’s Resolution if you like) to blog on the New Testament Morning Prayer reading from the Church of England every day. I did this for a period in 2014 and found it very helpful. I was more surprised to find that other people did too.
I’ve been in full time Church ministry for a year and a half now. I find I’m consistently excited, occasionally exhilarated and spend more of my life enthused than I thought it possible for a job (or even a vocation) to make me. Conversely, I am consistently busy, stretched, often tired (in the right kind of way) and in order to fulfil the multiple demands I place on myself (as my own harshest critic) it feels necessary to cut some corners periodically. One of the first to go, in a thoroughly cliched fashion, can be a diligent engagement with scripture as a means for my own devotion, rather than simply because it is a tool that I use on a day to day basis in preaching and teaching. I’m not feeling guilty, though. I actually simply want to ensure that I find the 20-30 minutes a day that I have found in the past to do this. It is important to keep relating to scripture, and to the one who the scripture is about and I hope that by doing this, I can get to know God, myself and others better.
So, why don’t you join me from January 1st? Journeys are better, mostly, when they’re made in the company of others. Let’s see where this one takes us. You’ll be able to find the readings I’ll be using on this page every day. I expect my interpretations of them will please some people, enthuse a smaller number, potentially upset some (especially the theologically educated, no doubt) but as long as we’re engaging, thinking together and inviting the spark of the divine into our daily existence it’ll probably be worth it. Let’s find out.