A protest is planned outside the Aston Villa ground today but it won’t be their fans protesting about their precarious position in the table. It is Aston Parish Church that is protesting against the timing of the match. The 1.30 pm kickoff means that members of churches in Aston will have to battle through crowds of supporters to celebrate the most important date in the Christian calendar.
I feel I should write something for Easter but writing about things that are really important to me is so difficult and takes too long. So I’m going to cheat and just copy and paste a sermon that my late husband preached on Good Friday ten years ago. He was American so please forgive the American spelling and calling the M6 a freeway.
This book is about pain and its value. It is written as a memoir of Dr Paul Brand, whose professional life revolved around the theme of pain. As a child in India he observed pain and suffering as he watched his missionary parents treating those who came for help. His parents were not doctors but had a little medical training that enabled them to treat ailments and, when necessary, extract teeth. Some of the treatments Paul Brand watched were messy and revolting and made him decide that the last thing he wanted to do was to become a doctor.