Is Anybody Listening?

many talk but few listen

What I said – what you heard…

The news in UK this past week has spent a lot of time covering two stories – one about top-flight footballer John Terry and the other concerning senior politician Andrew Mitchell. Both stories focused on what they claim they said against accusations based on what people say they heard. In theory these should both be […]

Listen to the Crowd…!

The roar of the Olympic crowds has been deafening. Competing on home turf has meant enormous support for home athletes, teams and crews. It has also given them a significant advantage ┬áRowing crews described the impact as being like that of having an extra person in the boat as they approached the final strait. The […]

What If I Listened More…?

This is a big one – because it strikes deep at who I am…. Not long after getting married I noted that my wife said very little – and I was doing all the talking. So I asked her why… Her reply was very blunt: “What’s the point, because you never listen anyhow…?” Ouch! That […]

Ears that Hear

How often have you been told that you have ‘cloth ears’? It used to happen to me with my Mum. “Didn’t I just tell you…?” etc. While there are several theories about the origins of the expression it seems likely from one of Samuel Pepys’ diaries (May 1 1663, in fact) that cloth ears were […]

Why Did We Not Listen…?

This week we heard of nine men found guilty of grooming then farming out young girls for sex. These were all vulnerable teenagers, many of whom were in care, and all open to exploitation. Some had appealed for help but their cries had gone unheard when they had reported what was going on. Now the […]

Not Listening to Each Other?

The speaker on the radio spoke of the dangers of not listening to each other. When that happens communication breaks down. It is not a good place to be… It could mean that it is too late and the point pof no return has been reached. The context was the issue of assisted dying. Both […]

The Importance of Understanding

Understanding works two ways. I am still haunted by the memory of talking to an American lady whom I had never met before. She listened politely, then told me – with a slight degree of embarrassment – “I’m very sorry but I hardly understood one word you were saying…!” Ooops! That was many moons ago […]

Everybody Listening?

Listening is two-way. It has to be if a relationship is to grow and be healthy. Perhaps more accurately it needs to be circular as we engage in an on-going cycle of listening-speaking-listening-speaking. This takes us back to the base meaning of the word “communication” where we engage together as part of the “communitas” that […]

Feeling Sorry for God

Do you ever find yourself feeling sorry for God? I do, especially at Christmas when we remember how He has pulled out all the stops for us, but people don’t want to know about it. Some even go overboard to take the name of Christmas out of our vocabulary. Instead we have copious scenes of […]

Christmas Context

The rapping Devon vicar who just won the Nativity Factor contest got me thinking about the need for getting people to hear in a contemporary way. Take a look at The Beatbox Nativity on YouTube – and enjoy it! It may not be everyone’s cup of tea – but he has caught the attention of […]

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