Advent Thoughts

Advent Thoughts

Advent is a season of expectation. But what are we looking towards? Christmas turkeys and dinner parties? Presents by the dozen? Around this time, many years ago, Mary was also filled with anticipation (Luke 1). She would have been heavily pregnant and eager to meet...
The Violence of Christmas

The Violence of Christmas

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” So we’re told by crooner Andy Williams. The first Christmas was wonderful and glorious, what with a host of angelic beings illuminating the night sky and singing heavenly songs, and an unusually bright star indicating...
Messy

Messy

Childbirth is messy. I have had the privilege to observe one, the birth of my son Andrew. It’s seventeen years ago now but you never forget the sights, the smells the sounds… It’s messy. Then you see the top of the child’s head. Next thing you...
Bet on the Baby

Bet on the Baby

It really was no contest.On one side you had a king armed with all the powers of state including the army, driven by the power of fear and hate.On the other, you had a baby and they don’t come more vulnerable than that.It was a no brainer who would win if it...