Monthly Archives: November 2015

Lectionary Reading Blog for 13 December: 3 Advent

It is always the ‘little’ words that make the difference. This passage starts (second word in Greek) with ‘therefore’ or ‘so’ or ‘then’ (in the meaning that what comes follows necessarily from what went before). Sadly not all our translations … Read more

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Congratulations to our 2015 Ministry Graduates

Photographs by Rachel Noel Congratulations to the ministry students who graduated from Sarum College on Saturday 21 November. The Presentation ceremony was held at St Thomas and St Edmund Church in Salisbury. Sarum College’s Principal, The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward welcomed … Read more

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2015 Magna Carta Lectures Audio Recordings

The Magna Carta Lecture series by Salisbury Cathedral and Sarum College celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and its resonance for today. The series of eight lectures with Neil MacGregor, Dominic Grieve, Robin Griffith-Jones, Chris Dyer, Nicholas Vincent, Dick Howard, Lord Igor Judge and Lesley Smith took … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 6 December: 2 Advent

Looking up quotations in their original is always an interesting experience even more so within scripture. It often transpires that the quotation is more interpretation than simple reference. Luke 3:4-6 being an excellent example of this. In Isaiah the “highway” … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 29 November: 1 Advent

This is a strange reading; not only because ‘this generation will not pass away’ until people will see the ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ but also because it is littered with unusual words. Already in verse 25 … Read more

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A Country Parson for the 21st Century

Sarum College Proposes New Training Pathway for Rural Ministry. Responding to the national call for specialised training for ministers working across the country’s 10,000-plus Anglican rural churches, Sarum College in Salisbury has proposed a new training pathway now under review … Read more

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 22 November: Christ the King

The fascinating feature of the reading from John is that the whole passage long Jesus seems to be avoiding rather than claiming kingship. “Who says that Jesus is king?” seems to be the question in the heart of the passage. … Read more

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Not Dead Yet: The Church and our Natural Constituency

Read Sarum College Principal James Woodward on why the elderly are the Church’s natural spiritual constituency in the Autumn issue of Manna from the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Our Natural Constituency by James Woodward Article reproduced with kind permission. … Read more

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Bookshop Bestsellers: October 2015

1. Common Worship Lectionary 2015-2016, Church House Publishing £4.99 2. Journey to the Manger by Paula Gooder, Canterbury Press Norwich £12.99 3. Waiting on the Word by Malcolm Guite, Canterbury Press Norwich £10.99 4. SPCK Common Worship & Book of … Read more

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Book of the Month: November 2015

Barefoot Ways by Stephen Cherry One of the tasks of good writing is to subvert our perceptions; to see nothing as ordinary, and ordinariness as the door at the back of the wardrobe. Stephen Cherry does this in spades. Following … Read more

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