I’ve adopted a statement in my funerals for church members that they “have departed from the church visible and joined the church eternal”. Last Sunday some churches observe a day named All Saints Day, which at its best is a time when the church visible fully acknowledges that the departure from the church visible to …

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It is counter-productive for disciples of Jesus to buy into our society’s capacity to alleviate physical or psychological suffering to the extent that we also accept its preoccupation with the concept that all suffering is meaningless and can be avoided by careful management. To buy into that belief is to move from a gospel of …

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If ageing is not to become an accrual of regrets about loss and unrealised ambitions, present life needs careful nurture about our attitudes to relationships and goals. From Will Willimon: I believe that a fundamental secret of successful ageing is learning to affirm the lives God gives us in the face of regret that God …

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Will Willimon borrows from Shakespeare’s King Lear as a profound illustration of the wreckage of old age lived as a season where responsibility is relinquished but control remains tightly grasped. The result is personal and relational wreckage. While the circumstance is tragic, the true tragedy is Lear’s character, the traits of which are not new, …

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