James Cary is an award-winning comedy writer for BBC, having co-written two series of Bluestone 42 (BBC3), and worked on Miranda (BBC1) and My Family (BBC1) and numerous Radio 4 shows starring Milton Jones, David Mitchell and Marcus Brigstocke. Here he is interviewed, and then speaks on: “The Gospel According to Sitcoms, what comedy tells […]
John 11:38-57 Woody Allen once wrote: “Death is absolutely stupefying in its terror…It makes our lives look as irrelevant as waves breaking over the sea shore.” Even those of us who are convinced that there’s something better beyond death, still can find the thought of it very frightening. How can we approach our own deaths joyfully and confidently?
John 11:17-37 Is death just part of “the circle of life” (as the Lion King assures us)? Is it “nothing at all, [just] slipping away into the next room” (as one popular funeral poem puts it)? How are we to think about death? And especially, how are we to find comfort and hope when we experience the deaths of those close to us?
John 11:1-16 Pain and death confront us with the question of how a good God can allow so much suffering. This is a question we need to consider so that we can put the anchors in place before the storm hits.
Obadiah 17-21 Karl Marx argued that if you tell people there’s an after-life, then they’ll never be motivated to improve this life. The reality however is quite different. As CS Lewis put it: “if you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” What hope there is for the future, and how can this hope transform us?
Obadiah 10-16 Some offences can be overlooked, but what about when what’s happened is so horrific that it’s just not that simple? Doesn’t justice demand that something should be done? What do we do when it’s too serious to just “forgive and forget”?
Obadiah 1-9 CS Lewis wrote: “There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else, and of which hardly any people ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. The vice I am talking of is Pride.” How do we identify and deal with it before it’s too late?
According to Tiffany’s “The perfect present comes wrapped in blue”. But could it be that actually the perfect present has already come, wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger?