Mud People

While on holiday recently, I read Ursula Le Guin’s story, “The Word For World Is Forest”.  As always with Le Guin, it’s superb, imaginative, thoughtful writing.  The story is set on a distant world, Athshe, which humans from Earth are trying to colonise.   In many ways, the planet has similar conditions to Earth, theContinue reading “Mud People”

Cycling is the future

Three cheers for Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome! The media here is talking about the greatest sporting achievement ever – an over-statement, surely, but the performance of these three outstanding British cyclists in the Tour de France cheers the hearts of ordinary British cyclists like me.   Maybe if I were 20 yearsContinue reading “Cycling is the future”

Vegetables are murder, too

By now, my new vegetable beds should be packed full of a variety of vegetables, all thriving in the rich compost and growing leafy and tall. Unfortunately, we’ve had very little sunshine this ‘summer’, and I think the soil hasn’t warmed up enough to germinate all the seeds.  Also, as it’s hardly stopped raining sinceContinue reading “Vegetables are murder, too”

5 reasons not to cut the grass

It’s a rare sunny day, here in sunny Sussex.  And I could take the afternoon off and cut the grass.  It is rather long, as one of our weekend guests was kind enough to point out to me. On the other hand, here are five good reasons to leave it – and the animals whoContinue reading “5 reasons not to cut the grass”


I was preaching about Jubilee on Sunday, using Leviticus 25 as a basis.  In the return of the land, the release of bonded labourers and the cancellation of debts every 50 years, there is essentially no buying or selling of capital in God’s economy.   All capital resources and all people belong to God, andContinue reading “Capitalwasm”

Saving the world is a spiritual matter

It’s feels hard to convince Christians that ecology is important.  Perhaps it’s a sign of how solidly most of us western Christians have bought into our consumerist culture.  Maybe it’s just that ecology comes some way down the list of priorities for the church.  It’s hard to compete for priority against shiny new (or renewed)Continue reading “Saving the world is a spiritual matter”