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Finding God when life hurts

My dad committed suicide when I was eleven years old. In later life, I had a miscarriage and lost a baby I already loved dearly. Both times, I was plunged into the question that echoes in every human heart: how do we reconcile immense pain with the reality of an all-loving God? I am under […]

Cricketer Jimmy Adams visits Trinity

On Monday night, 18 May, forty people from area Bristol churches, their friends, and Trinity College students gathered in Trinity’s dining room for an informal Q&A session with former West Indies cricketer Jimmy Adams. Adams came to visit Trinity through an invitation from his friend, first-year Trinity ordinand Jo Purle. In response to a series […]

Twenty-five cameras and a ‘Kingdom’ view

When I gave out twenty-five disposable cameras to the Trinity College community in the autumn of 2014, I had every thought that I’d need to work a pronounced visual transformation in the results. But the messy, humorous, half-in-half-out, blurred faces and limbs in fact turned out to be the corporeal truth of this place. There […]

Listen: Gender, Sexuality, and the Church

Did you miss our 2015 Plenary Lectures? Three of the lectures are now available online – two from Rev Dr Jon Coutts on gender and sexuality, and one from Rev Dr Emma Ineson on gender and leadership. Click the orange button to play them all, or select the lecture you wish to hear from the […]

Is God calling you to something new?

So here we are, two weeks after Easter. We’ve celebrated, we’ve eaten too much chocolate—and now, as the disciples did in John 21, we’ve gone back to our fishing nets. Except maybe you haven’t, because maybe you’re not sure whether the fishing net you have been holding is the one you should be holding in […]

Holding truth and love together

Imagine you hold in your hand some ordinary table salt, composed of two chemicals—sodium and chloride. Either of these substances by itself is toxic, but together they form one of the essentials for life, without which we would die. It seems amazing that two chemicals so harmful to us when separated, together should be so […]

Did Jesus descend into hell?

Students often ask me whether or not it is right to confess that Jesus Christ ‘descended into hell,’ as the Apostles’ Creed (in a relatively late addendum) states in the second article. I can understand their scepticism. After all, the doctrine is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible, save for a few ambiguous passages (e.g., […]

Why does a minister need to study theology?

One of my occasional irritations in life is hearing in the media someone from a business organisation – it used often to be the Institute of Directors – complaining that British universities don’t turn out graduates who are ready to do the jobs that businesses have available. No. We don’t even try to. We are […]

The art of asking good questions

“If I had an hour to solve a problem, and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask. For once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” (Albert Einstein). Questions are important It is easy to […]

What’s the opposite of loneliness?

Our society, perhaps unintentionally, often sends the message that the opposite of loneliness is company. Loneliness seems to be viewed quantitatively, not qualitatively – to be lonely is to feel alone, i.e. by yourself, a party of one. Numbers are lacking and to combat loneliness requires higher numbers, more people to make you feel less […]

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