What’s in Nick’s Head? 2. Art and Soul

July 24th, 2020

Here I explore the inner meaning of different works of art that are special to me.  I have them all represented in different forms around my house.  The podcast is divided into five short sections around each piece:

- 'Sunflowers' by Vincent Van Gogh

- 'Ashes' by Steve McQueen

- 'Cadgwith Harbour' by Jospehine Jones

- 'Alley of Rhododendrons' by Camille Pissarro

- 'The Statue of the Virgin Mary' by David Wynne in Ely Cathedral

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Jacob’s Ladder

July 19th, 2020

A short reflection on the age old tale of Jacob's Ladder from the Hebrew Scriptures with an upbeat message about its meaning for us today.  It's today's Sunday sermon for St Mary's Acton.

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What’s in Nick’s Head? 1 - Lessons from Lockdown

July 17th, 2020

A longer feature looking at five aspects of Lockdown lessons - walking, showing kindness, born to run, getting creative and being still - that you can listen to altogether (40 minutes) or in five sessions of roughly equal lengths.  These reflections were originally broadcast on St Mary's Acton Facebook page daily on video - they're still there - both indoors and outside so you'll hear some 'noises off'!

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A Brown Ale Moment

July 12th, 2020

A short 'Thought for the Day' on re-opening St Mary's Church in Acton, West London for public worship, drawing on the story of Zacchaeus' encounter with Jesus in his sycamore tree.  As an acquaintance of mine once remarked, this was a moment to celebrate - but more brown ale than champagne!

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Hearing Good News

July 5th, 2020

My colleague, Dean Ayres, asks how those of us who are powerful and privileged may truly hear God's Good News in a world of great pain and struggle, using Jesus' words in the Gospel of Matthew (chapter 11).

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June 28th, 2020

A short online sermon from the Curate at St Mary's Acton, Mary Spredbury, reflecting on priorities at this time of pandemic from a Christian perspective

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An Upside Down Religion

June 21st, 2020

Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, discusses the inner meaning of Christian faith for these times in a sermon he was due to give on Sunday 21 June at St Mary's in Acton W3 for a Service of Confirmation.  Due to the closure of church services, he sent us this message instead.  I hope you enjoy it and find it of value.

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Black Lives Matter

June 16th, 2020

A guest podcast from the Associate Rector for St Mary's and All Saints churches here in Acton reflecting on his life and the Bible in the light of the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests.

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A Meditation on Rublev’s Icon of the Holy Trinity

June 16th, 2020

This is a short presentation for Trinity Sunday 2020 explaining the meaning of this world famous icon and inviting the listener to a spiritual experience.  You are encouraged to find a copy on line, print it out and have it with you as you listen.

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Pentecost 2020

May 29th, 2020

A reflection on the meaning of the festival of Pentecost when Christians celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, examining the core themes of languages, power and advocacy. 

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