Brothers, shall we weep?

As Christian ministers we are vulnerable to the twin temptations of activism and stoicism, of deploying our energies or cutting our losses, of pursuing our goals with mere human fervour or accepting the state of things without hope of fundamental change. We can burn ourselves out in seeking to change things for ourselves, or quench…

No pang shall be mine?

John Wesley famously summarised the final outworking of the gospel in the hearts of those within early Methodism with the memorable words, 'Our people die well'. As a summary of the power of gospel hope to hold out against death, this is as succinct as it is brilliant; as a road map for walking through…

Why we need Lamentations

The word 'aftermath' is so significant. It tells us something of a story that is past, something about where we are now, and hints at what we are yet to face. 'Aftermath' communicates that individuals or nations have undergone something tough, and hints at the need for recovery, the need for time to process what…