Driffield Methodist Church


Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. The Christmas spirit is a spirit of giving and forgiving.

 J. C. Penney (“Christmas Thoughts”)

Christmas, my child, is love in action. … Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.

 Dale Evans Rogers

Christianity did not begin with a confession. It began with an invitation into friendship, into creating a new community, into forming relationships based on love and service.

Diana Butler Bass


The task of religion is not to turn us into proper believers; it is to deepen the personal within us, to embrace the power of life, to expand our consciousness, in order that we might see things that eyes do not normally see.

John Shelby Spong 

Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.

Christopher Hitchens

“One day you will wonder what was so important that you put off doing the most important things. 'Someday' can be a thief in the night.”

― Deborah Brown

 “Awareness of the divine begins with wonder.” 

Abraham Heschel 

To live and to work in one world and believe and pray in another makes our lives seem fragmented and disconnected, even alienated from what is truly lifegiving. (pg. 21)

From "Radical Amazement" by Judy Cannato

My point, once again, is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically and we are now dumb enough to take them literally.

John Dominic Crossan

"God is the compassionate consciousness in which we all live."


The evolution of science and Christianity

If you muster the courage to raise your questions aloud, chances are you will be treated to a menu of facile clichés, unsatisfactory platitudes, or even threats of excommunication in this life and hell after death. If you keep your questions a secret, you may feel increasingly divided, even hypocritical, showing the mask of a happy believer on Sundays but living with a growing inner disillusionment the rest of the week. “Why does faith always feel like pumping water uphill?” you wonder. “Why does it take so much effort to maintain?” You understand why so many people decide to drop out of religion entirely.


Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It

Brian D. McLaren

You won’t find Jesus in the land of the dead. He is still with us.

The powers killed him – but they couldn’t stop him. They crucified him and buried him in a rich man’s tomb. But imperial execution and a tomb couldn’t hold him.

He’s still loose in the world. He’s still out there, still here, still recruiting people to share his passion for the Kingdom of God – a transformed world here and now. It’s not over.

Marcus Borg (1942-2015)  "Reflections on Easter"

As the collection of our days

grows tall behind us,

our view of what might have been

looms large in its shadow.

We ponder over days gone by,

worrying our memories,

living's residue set upon our souls.

What has been, has been.

We can only move further away

from the choices we have made.

May the distance we cover

bring understanding.

May we grow wise

through the review

we make of our lives.

And, as our perspective widens,

may we find that our choices have been

part of a larger picture that, as a whole,

brings beauty to this fragile earth.

Gretta Vosper "Time or too Late"