Author Archives: Tim Chesterton

About Tim Chesterton

Family man, pastor, storyteller, musician, songwriter. E-mail me at timchesterton at outlook dot com

The Resurrection and the Gospel

Those of us who insist on the centrality of the Resurrection of Jesus have recently been caricatured by a commenter over at Thinking Anglicans as believing that nothing else really matters ‘unless you, personally, get to live forever’. I think … Continue reading

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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner: ‘The Week Before Easter’

This is one of the most poignant of traditional English folk songs, and Peter Knight’s Gigspanner do a lovely version of it. Peter Knight is best known for his work as fiddle player with the legendary Steeleye Span. Gigspanner’s website … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to the Queen.

Just realized that today is the Queen’s 88th birthday. And this excellent portrait has apparently been specially commissioned to celebrate the fact. I’m not especially a monarchist, although I don’t think constitutional monarchy is any worse than any other system … Continue reading

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Martin Carthy on traditional folk music

This interview is three years old, but it really expresses what I feel about traditional folk music: “I regard tradition as progressive,” (Carthy) says, “and a traditional song as a progressive force, because it is concerned with the continuity of things.” … Continue reading

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Lord of All (a sermon for Easter Sunday on Acts 10:36)

On Good Friday we were talking about the incredible scene in John’s Gospel where Jesus is on trial before Pontius Pilate. Jesus has been brought to Pilate as a potential rebel against the Roman Empire, one who claimed to be … Continue reading

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The Trumpet Shall Sound

I’m a little unorthodox, I guess, but this is my favourite piece from Handel’s Messiah. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an … Continue reading

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Wendell Berry: ‘Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front’

This poem by my favourite writer seems somehow appropriate for Easter morning! Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and … Continue reading

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‘God Writes His Story in Fire: Memories of Holy Saturday’, by Joe Walker

This meditation is taken from ‘Felix Hominum‘, the blog of the late Rev. Joe Walker (1964-2011). One of the most wonderful images which runs through God’s story is that of fire.  It is there in Genesis, and there again in … Continue reading

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Meadowvale (a prequel to ‘A Time to Mend’): Chapter 8

Link back to Chapter 7 This is a work of fiction; I haven’t yet finished it, and it will probably get revised after it’s finished. It tells the story of Tom and Kelly’s marriage; readers of A Time to Mend will know that … Continue reading

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William Byrd: ‘Ave Verum Corpus’

This is surely one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written: William Byrd’s ‘Ave Verum Corpus’, sing by the Tallis Scholars.   From Wikipedia: Ave verum corpus is a short Eucharistic hymn that has been set to music by various composers. It … Continue reading

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