Vicary Thoughts


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Aug 2019
TRINITY 7: Made for intimacy with God

Deep, personal, other-centred intimacy. That is what we were made for because we come from one who enjoys that intimacy within himself, indeed God is defined by that intimacy. For Intimacy is just another way of describing love, although it is a careful way of describing the kind of love we are talking about. This is not casual or superficial affection but profound, interdependent, caring, long-term appreciation. And because we are created by One who ‘does’ intimacy we called into an intimate relationship with him. We see this intimacy when we read......

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TRINITY 6: Surplus to requirements?
July 30, 2019

TRINITY 6: Surplus to requirements?

God is eternally satisfied in the loving relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That’s we thought about in the last article. Thus it follows that we are not necessary to fulfill God’s existence. We...


TRINITY 4: Living with difference
July 14, 2019

TRINITY 4: Living with difference

Love’s coming, I promise, but following on from last week’s thoughts – the unity and distinctiveness in the nature of God – my mind wandered off in the direction of difference. Difference is both a...


TRINITY 3: Personal stuff
July 07, 2019

TRINITY 3: Personal stuff

Having spoken about the relationality of God I’m eager to press on to talk about love. Instead, I’m going to press the pause button and think about ‘personhood’. Interestingly, the modern concept of personhood first...


TRINITY 2: Good, good, good, good relations
June 30, 2019

TRINITY 2: Good, good, good, good relations

Relationships are the most important things in our lives. Even in our culture where our careers, success and fame have been elevated and idolised, everyone, I’m pretty sure, has to admit at the end of...


TRINITY 1: Bad maths?
June 27, 2019

TRINITY 1: Bad maths?

Three-in one, one-in-three? Everyone knows this is simply bad maths. It certainly is an inconvenient doctrine at times. When chatting to interested friends about Christianity perhaps we dread having to explain this strange sum. ‘Shamrocks’...


Trinity Thoughts
June 20, 2019

Trinity Thoughts

In the rhythm of the church year, we have entered the season of Trinity. In the Book of Common Prayer this season runs for 25 Sundays before the year resets with the advent of…Advent! It’s...