You don’t need to know anything about me to enjoy this blog.
But here are some facts anyway.
I am a Church of England priest, currently a Canon of Durham Cathedral and with a diocesan job which involves leading a team of people who support the mission and ministry of local churches. I am also responsible for the Continuing Ministerial Development of the clergy and readers of the Durham diocese. When I blog, however, I do it in my own name.
For twelve years I was a parish priest in Loughborough and for five years before that Chaplain of King’s College, Cambridge. I wrote a column in Varsity in those days called ‘But Seriously’. That was a bit like blogging.
I have written three books: ‘Barefoot Disciple’ which was the Archbishop of Canterbury Lent Book 2011; ‘Healing Agony’ – which is about forgiveness, in particular about what people go through in the aftermath of shattering hurt and how people can best support them. My most recent book is called ‘Beyond Busyness: Time Wisdom for Ministry’. It is my attempt to adapt time management ideas for people (clergy among them) for whom they don’t always work. You can see the two minute book launch on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnYTsWaX-cE
I started blogging because I looked at one of my sermons and thought, ‘You can’t say that from the pulpit’. (Which may have been a good name for the blog.)
My hopes for the blog? Simple. 1. That people read it and 2. that they find it enriching in some tiny way. I really like comments, too.