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John Davies
Queen Camel, Somerset
Married to Diana. Rector of the Cam Vale Benefice, Somerset (Church of England)
Interests: Born in Walton Hospital, 1962. Raised in a house on the banks of the Mersey. Played football each break time for the entirety of my school life. Never much good at it but thoroughly addicted. Varied working life has included engineering apprenticeship, welder, draughtsman, volunteer in an outdoor pursuits centre, unemployed, civil servant, computer programmer, community worker, and now a Church of England vicar serving six rural Somerset parishes. Have lived in Waterloo, Llanbedr, Cardiff, Crosby, Toxteth, Cambridge, Wavertree, Norris Green, Croxteth Park, Lydford, Whitegate, and now the very different setting of Queen Camel. Married to Diana since September 2009. Five (grown-up) stepchildren. Currently working hard on re-learning what it means to be human.
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... Today our post-truth society and our splintering social and political world needs good leaders. People who will not shrink from difficult decisions in government and economics, in local neighbourhoods and in business; people able to deal with conflict constructively, who will embrace the realities, grapple with the complexities, eke... Continue reading
It is our way to want to make heroes of people who would rather we didn’t. If this was the case for General Edmund Allenby (who symbolically liberated Jerusalem in 1917 not on horseback but on foot) it was also the case for many of those we know, who returned... Continue reading
"I needed to recover words like 'saint', the 'righteous' and 'prophet' from the religious ghetto where they mean long dead people who weren't ordinary like me. They did magic things, and God spoke to them in magic ways and theologians had buried them under mountains of words. I decided that... Continue reading
It's less about Don't Tell the Bride and more about trusting the Son of the Father. My talk today, Never let a man arrange a wedding? Continue reading
'A landowner planted a vineyard ... put a fence around it and built a watchtower.' Why the need for security? Watching the class enemy as an alternative to looking out for the Father. Imitation of violence - imitation of Christ: my talk today. Continue reading
'Work out your salvation with fear and trembling' - in a heightened state of anxiety? in a condition of nervousness? surely not? .. So part of working out our salvation should involve reading the old Bible translations alongside the new, more scholarly, versions, and letting the truth emerge. Isaiah the... Continue reading
Are you a Jonah moaning under a tree when others do perhaps unduly well? Especially those you thought you ought to disapprove of because you think the bible or your tradition tells you so? You know, church people are usually very proper and just, fair-minded and orderly, so God help... Continue reading
Rami Elhanan's 14-year-old daughter was killed by suicide bombers in a Jerusalem street at Yom Kippur 1983. It took him a long, long time of working through his anger to reach a point where he was able to agree to attend a meeting of The Parents Circle Families Forum, where... Continue reading
Informal service this morning - including a discussion on The offensiveness of Jesus in an age of intemperate speech. Thanks to News From Nowhere's very timely Facebook post earlier I was able to include ‘Hymn’: A New Poem by Sherman Alexie in our prayers - and barely held it together... Continue reading
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Kevin Crooks: Scammonden I'm delighted to be collaborating with photographer Kevin Crooks on his book M62: The Transpennine Motorway. His pictures major on the heights between Scammonden reservoir and Windy Hill (where the Pennine Way footpath crosses the motorway) and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Walking the M62
... So here Jesus is presenting this violent theology which separates wheat from weeds, where those who are wheat keenly anticipate an end-time of fiery hell for the weeds we condemn. And into this, Jesus injects a line which sounds absurd to all the gardeners and farmers listening, saying, “don’t... Continue reading
How do we understand The Parable of the Sower? What if Jesus was trying to teach that the well-being of the soil and our own well-being depend deeply on each other? For, “The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer... Continue reading
... Our present generation also sounds like children in the marketplace calling to one another. They will say to us - ‘You shouldn't be going to church, we know the way that church people really live, church is for hypocrites’; and then in the next breath they will say -... Continue reading
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Kevin Crooks: Scammonden I'm delighted to be collaborating with photographer Kevin Crooks on his book M62: The Transpennine Motorway. His pictures major on the heights between Scammonden reservoir and Windy Hill (where the Pennine Way footpath crosses the motorway) and I've contributed some words to accompany his visuals. Kevin already... Continue reading
... The church of St Clement, Notting Dale was built and paid for in 1867 by Alfred Dalgarno, a philanthropist vicar with deep pockets and a compassion for the poor. The local council ward, the Dalgarno ward, is named after him. Parish priest and local councillor Fr Robert Thompson last... Continue reading
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... Addressing the 50,000 people from the One Love Manchester stage (and the global live television audience) Ariana Grande said, “The kind of love and unity you’re displaying is the medicine the world really needs right now.” It’s not lost on me that the One Love concert took place at... Continue reading
Sadly, too often our forebears ... reinforced violent, static, dualist, hierarchical and exclusive understandings of God. But it’s still not too late. If we open our hearts, we can feel the Spirit guiding us now to let the healing teaching of the Trinity continue its joyful revolution. Perhaps we are... Continue reading
The Missing People's Choir, the people who sang "Don't Look Back in Anger" in St Ann's Square, the underdog supporters winning at Wembley, a tube carriage of passengers defending two young women from racial abuse - and all young ones who see visions, all old ones who dream dreams -... Continue reading
... I think we are just like the ancient Greeks today. We fill our towns and cities with altars to all sorts of gods, but there's still a small voice in our ears suggesting there's an unknown god around. Today we have the god Tesco, a giant who provides all... Continue reading
... You know, it is time we stopped blaming God for the Crucifixion. For too long we’ve been saying that it was to satisfy an angry God that Jesus was crucified. But nowhere in the Crucifixion story do we see God angry. Far from being vengeful, wrathful, the God we’re... Continue reading
... Can God breathe new life into a devastated nation? In 597BC the Babylonians took Israel's land, smashed Israel's temple, exiled Israel's king and executed his sons. Everything these people knew and valued had been lost, stripped back to the bone; a community cut off completely from all which had... Continue reading
... JESUS got his friends to spread the word that AT the same time as PILATE was PROCESSING into the other side of town, THEY WOULD WELCOME THEIR OWN KING, in their own way. And so here they came, the poorest, the lamest, the daftest, the lostest PEOPLE, carrying branches... Continue reading
... 'He told me everything I have ever done!' - finally, a man who knew her fully, understood her entirely, loved her wholly, accepted her as she was. No wonder she was so transformed that day. No wonder that her story made such an impression on those who heard it;... Continue reading
"Let us be careful not to put the cross at the heart of our faith, but the Saviour.... for Christians over the years have made an idol of the cross, revering that object rather than the Saviour who was crucified on it. Contrary to our well-intentioned but misguided beliefs, the... Continue reading
... This is our challenge this Lent - though we may think that Trump is a monster, we must love him; if we believe that our Parish Council is plain wrong, we must love them; if we find our neighbour annoying, we must love her; if we’re fearful of people... Continue reading