Your next stop – The Twilight Zone (part 2)

I thought I might continue to praise this ground-breaking series by talking about some favourite episodes from the second season. As before, I am not necessarily saying these are the best episodes, only favourites of mine. “The Howling Man” starts with a man remembering the past, which is very gothic – night, a storm, a…

Review “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947)

Never mind the Hallmark movies, if you want a great Christmas film, you can’t go wrong with this. Starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young, “The Bishop’s Wife” involves Bishop Henry Brougham (David Niven) who becomes obsessed with the idea of building a cathedral. This needs funds, and his main donor is a self-absorbed…

A midnight, clouded

And man, at war with man, hears not The love-song which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing. No! shout the people of strife We won’t listen! Love is meaningless Peace is for the strong Justice is for the rich So tell heaven’s all-gracious king we will…

Keeping Christmas

Check the clock, organize shop, visit, eat, drink invitations issued and accepted, cards dutifully filled out gifts dutifully bought tick off the to-do list until at last it’s all organized Christmas by the numbers   How much is duty how much is expectation how much is actual love how much is remembrance of God’s great…

Breathe

Struggling to survive and you don’t know which way to turn suffocating under the weight of all that tribulation So breathe, just breathe in and out, nice and slow life is in the breath and life begets hope   Your body aches as does your spirit you’re going through the motions day to day, hour…

Imitating

Watch the skill of your hands bring into being the pattern of imagination take delight in moulding with love and fire and the spark inside something new and beautiful to use in this world God-given gift to make your offering wrought in art and beauty imitating in sincere flattery the works of your creator.

Prosperity preaching – why it’s wrong

The idea of so-called prosperity preaching within the Christian Church is not as new as you might imagine. It started to creep into church teaching in the USA as far back as late nineteenth to early twentieth century. The basic idea is as follows: God will bless those who have faith in a material way,…

Cathedral

Construct the foundation carefully build on rock in order to stand thoroughly grounded in God’s promises build tall, but with precision works measured precisely as stones mortared securely with belief carve the ornaments with exquisite craftsmanship shiny conduct for all to see   That’s only half the work don’t forget inside construct the altar on…

Promises

Every time you think you’ve made it the goal posts move away yesterday you fixed it but today’s a brand new day when all your hopes and plans have somehow gone astray you cannot find dry land and all you can do is pray   You’re in charge of your life, they say but it’s…

Need

You grow up learning how wrong it is to shout and yell and scream Only children have tantrums Adults don’t cry Grow up! Behave! Act your age!   Swallow it down Swallow it down You must be decorous, quiet and appropriate Your cries echo only around the inside of your skull You wail silently in…