Is Anybody Listening?

many talk but few listen

It’s Surprising What You Hear…

Telling our stories is very much in vogue these days – and it has never been easier. I have been writing up some of my “adventures” for a few years already – spurred on by those who keep saying to me “Why don’t you write a book?” A blog seems a good place to start. […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Lost Art?

Is listening a lost art? In western culture at least where life is lived out at breakneck speed and few have time for anyone else. Gone are the days when children should be seen but not heard. Passive, obedient, well-mannered angels (?) that soaked up everything they were told. Well, that was the way that […]

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