He’s Gone

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Recently I experienced the sudden death of my brother, Dave. Early one morning I woke up to the message  *call me* from my sister-in-law and I immediately called and her first words were “he’s gone”. These two words hit me hard and I felt as... Continue Reading →

Where does my strength come from?

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Do you feel sometimes already tired before the day even starts? Endless snoozing of the alarm clock in the hope that just another five minutes will make the difference, but didn’t? Before getting up thoughts already whirling through your head about all the things which... Continue Reading →

Talent inspires

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Last week we heard about Eric Liddell. This year there has been a lot of top-level sport to watch. The Euro 2020 was rescheduled to this year, the Tour de France was held at its regular time in July this year and the Olympics are... Continue Reading →

God is not helpless among the ruins

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- These days as the Olympics are taking place in Japan, I am reminded of another of my heroes of the faith, the Scottish Eric Liddell. Some of you may be familiar with the award-winning movie Chariots of Fire, which depicted Liddell’s life, including his participation... Continue Reading →

Come as you are

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- There are at least 12 original castings of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Burghers of Calais.  One was cast in 1925 and installed in 1929 in the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, within walking distance from my second home.  It is one of my favorite sculptures... Continue Reading →

Wherever is Faith, there is Laughter.

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Some of you might know that I am intensely engaged with the study of humor and its multiple facets. Recently I came across a very interesting book written by Gisela Matthiae: „Wo der Glaube ist, da ist auch Lachen“ („Where is Faith, there is Laughter). ... Continue Reading →

When everything is changing – Signs of recognition

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Are you a conservative - like me? 'Conservare', in Latin means to preserve, save, maintain, leave intact. Some of my 'conservative' friends would say: we want to preserve and protect 'the good'. Now they and I have very different ideas about what that means politically.... Continue Reading →

Stuck Among the Savages

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Seeing German wounded being brought back from Mali on a Luftwaffe medevac plane, and praying for their recovery, I was reminded of the few occasions that Roman soldiers are mentioned in the New Testament. Yet they must have been there, and by the hundreds if... Continue Reading →

Encountering foreigners

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- Finally, lockdowns have been lifted, summer has come, and the holidays have begun. Europe is again on the move: people are crisscrossing the Continent and crossing over to it from other continents. Maybe you’re going abroad, or maybe you’re staying at home. Either way, you’re... Continue Reading →

Liturgy of the Hours

--- Midweek Meditations:thoughts, inspiration and encouragementfrom ACF community members --- A few weeks ago, the chaplaincy took part for the first time in the prayer initiative of “Thy Kingdom come”. This took place between Pentecost and Ascension Day. We, and many other churches, held a nightly prayer meeting. Ours taking place on Zoom. Each night... Continue Reading →

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