The lecturer, a short, thickset man with a ruddy face and a big voice, was coming to the end of his talk. Gathering up his notes and books, he tucked his hornrimmed spectacles into the pocket of his tweed jacket and picked up his mortarboard. Still talking—to the accompaniment of occasional appreciative laughs and […]
Hi friends, (Updated May 2014)  CANCER SCARE: My wife – of 54 wonderful years – Jan has suffered a couple of serious health issues in the last 12 months (mainly Pulmonary Embolism, and an aggressive form of Uterine Cancer + a few other medical issues). See here for updates. (Rev.) […]
Dear family and special friends 10 August 2014 Well, two months have flown since the last update, and there’s nothing major to report, which is a very good thing! Jan continues to pace herself carefully, resting as much as she ‘labours’ ministering to the family and others. The ‘rats’ still bite her heels (some concomitants of […]
QUESTIONS & RESPONSES: the toughest questions I’ve ever been asked, and some responses Update (10 August 2014): Mosaic Press, with whom I had a contract to submit the total manuscript by October 2014, has gone into liquidation. Sad, that: however the pressure to write (which had often got me up in the ‘small hours’) is […]
Updated October 2014. “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” (H L Mencken) “One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.” (Victor Hugo) “Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion. ” (Arthur Koestler). (Sad, Arthur?). John Maynard Keynes: “When […]
DOM HELDER CAMARA My top three (male) heroes are Jesus of Nazareth, Dom Helder Camara, and Francis of Assisi, in that order… (He’s one of three 20th/21st century Catholic Archbishops I admire, each of whom chose slightly different routes in opposing violent regimes. The other two: Pope Francis, and Archbishop […]
JOHN MARK MINISTRIES is a counseling, consulting, preaching, mentoring, seminar and writing ministry, especially for pastors, ex-pastors, church leaders and their spouses. Named after John Mark, the young first century apostle who 'bombed out' of ministry when it was hard, we try to help/encourage pastoral leaders - and others - who are also 'in transition' due to stress and burnout.
(Rev. Dr.) Rowland Croucher