I’m Sorry, I’m Leaving You…But You Can Come With Me

This is it. This is the end.

Well, not the end. But an end.

The end of this particular blog, at any rate. After however many years posting my thoughts, prayers, and reflections on faith and a whole lot of other stuff, I’m pulling the plug, switching off the lights, enacting whatever other metaphor or cliché comes to mind.

Which isn’t to say I’m falling silent, or that I’ll be deleting this blog. Rather it’s for two reasons.

The first is that my podcast Ergasia is going to be my primary focus of attention from now on. If you wan to know what I’m thinking and getting up to, then head on over. I’d love to bump into you again.

The second is that I have a new blog! It’s called Working the Lectionary. In this blog, I’ll be trying to create a resource for people who want to look at the readings from the weekly Revised Common Lectionary and integrate those readings into their experience of work and their reflections on the economic structures of the world. So come on down and check it out, too…I’d love to have you along for the ride.

But that, for now and on this blog, is all. If you want to check out some of my old sermons from previous years (and apparently some of you do) this will be the place to do it. But for new stuff – you have the links above.

My thanks to everyone who’s ever taken the time to comment, like, criticise, or follow this blog. You’ve made it more than worthwhile, and you will never know how grateful to you I am. So until we meet again – go well, and may God go with you and come between you and harm in all the places you must walk.


Brendan Byrne


Matthew 25: 31-45

For those of you who saw it, earlier this week the ABC[1] gave us, yet again, graphic evidence of the destructive effect of war – and, in particular, of the devastation which war inflicts upon civilian populations, and upon the most vulnerable element of that population: children. Continue reading “Matthew 25: 31-45”

John 21: 1-19

The Australian novelist Morris West wrote an acclaimed trilogy of books set in the Vatican, involving the politics and the goings-on in the lives of the people who live there.  Unsurprisingly, this series was known as the Vatican Trilogy; and it’s first instalment was a novel entitled The Shoes of the Fisherman.  Now, this reference to a “fisherman” is a reference to the Pope himself; and it has been a longstanding tradition for the Pope to be known, among other things, as the “fisherman of Christ”.  Continue reading “John 21: 1-19”

Mark 8: 31-38

No doubt, many of you have been following the news surrounding the release of a report by the Australian Human Rights Commission into the detention of children in offshore processing centres for refugees and asylum seekers. Entitled The Forgotten Children, the report has detailed serious allegations concerning the conditions under which children seeking asylum in Australia are detained; and as part of these allegations, has listed a shocking number of incidents in which detained children have suffered harm and abuse, ranging from sexual assault to serious physical and psychological injury[1]. Continue reading “Mark 8: 31-38”

Matthew 27: 11-54

At the beginning of this Lenten season, I received some correspondence inviting me to participate in a protest action. The proposed action was not in relation to whaling, or climate change, or refugees. It was, rather, an invitation to participate in a protest against a comedy show that would be appearing in this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival. The show in question was called Come Heckle Christ, and was apparently a one-person comedy in which an actor portraying Jesus would appear on stage dressed in bath towels and sticky taped to a fake cross. The audience would then be invited to heckle the “Jesus” figure, who would respond in a suitably “Christ-like” fashion. Continue reading “Matthew 27: 11-54”

My New Blog

I have started a new Blog on WordPress entitled Speculations: Thinking Out Loud about the Bible, Theology, and Faith.

Why have I done this? Not, I assure you, because I am shutting down this Blog – The Still Circle will continue on.  Instead, my reasons are set out in the introductory post for my new Blog.  So if you like what you read and want to know more, then be assured, I am preparing entries as I type (well, not right now obviously) and will be posting them in the near future.  And, of course, if you subscribe, you’ll receive notifications as the posts happen, instead of having to flick over to see if I’ve posted anything new.