Something Borrowed, Something New

The writer Charles Williams (friend of C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien) was a brilliant and gifted interpreter of Scripture. In one of Jesus’ parables there is a wedding feast to which all are invited. But one man does not come in a wedding garment, and is not allowed in....

The King’s Highway

At first glance, this weekend’s royal wedding in Westminster Abbey may seem to have little connection with Faith and Science. However it is faith that the couple have promised each other, faith that we have that they will be good partners, bringing grace and justice...

Lord of the Dance

I was so happy when in the local news I saw pictures of the Youth for Christ practicing their dancing which they do in a regular way as part of their worship. I have tried with the not so young, some in Port Hope, some in Colborne and Grafton, and some back in...

Blessing in Disguise Good Friday 2011

Sir Peter Medawar was one of those scientists whose work has affected people all over the world. A specialist in biology, he developed theory and practice in immunology of great value, when we think of the transplants which have saved people’s lives and fortunes. The...

The Bower Bird

In an analysis of the creative process Michael Polanyi finds that art, science, and indeed spirituality, arise from the depths of the self with a kind of autonomy and otherness, and are marked with a sense of the wholeness and beauty of what is accomplished. It is...

Paddy’s Barn

We have a local man of otherwise exemplary life, who when asked the population of the village, began enumerating from memory the inhabitants of every house, street by street! As I said to an enthusiastic fellow preacher once, “You are not economical in how you spend...