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Responding to terror

Another murderous attack by a suicide bomber has shocked the UK.  What should our response be as Christians? This time it was in Manchester, which seems close to home to all of us.  The news is full of personal tragedies: ordinary families where a child or parent, enjoying a concert, is suddenly, tragically and painfully […]

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The election – Praying for the parties and the people

As Christians we want to be responsible citizens.  We know we are citizens of heaven first (Phil 3:20) and so our first loyalty is to God and His Kingdom.  Yet we also know we are salt and light, called to influence and bless the communities where we live (Matt 5:13-16).  So that means we who […]

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Disciples who make disciples 2

We can all be disciples who make disciples. For Sixteenth Century Anabaptists, like the illiterate Hans Nadler, this meant travelling around as he plied his trade (he was a needle seller), engaging people in conversation.  He would talk about God, the difficulty of living a holy life in these permissive days and the difference God […]

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Disciples who make disciples

Hundreds of ordinary people in a small city impacted by the power of the Holy Spirit, propelled into mission, spreading good news in the homes of friends and family and in the workshops and marketplaces.  Hundreds of ordinary people transformed by the Holy Spirit, their lives changed to display an attractive holiness.  Hundreds of ordinary […]

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Starting well – with sabbath

Finishing well and starting well are important in all aspects of life.  So what’s the best way to start?  With a rest.  That sounds a bit lazy perhaps, but there is an important principle in starting with sabbath. In a previous post at the beginning of April I mentioned how God had given me grace […]

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Darkness and light

The Easter story is a mix of the deepest darkness and brilliant light. As Jesus hung on the Cross, even the sky went black as a symbol of what was happening emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. Then on the third day came the brilliant glory of Jesus resurrected.  What joy when the disciples began to […]

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Can we make a difference to people at work? Sowing seeds…

Some Christians have the impression that the really important things happen in church meetings and everything else is second rate.  But Jesus showed the opposite by the way He lived and ministered.  The first sign John records is turning water into wine at a wedding.  Much of His teaching was in the context of meals.  […]

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A week is a long time in politics

“A week is a long time in politics” – this was a throwaway line by Harold Wilson when Prime Minister a generation ago – but is still very true.  Who would have thought a week ago that Brexit would be displaced as the lead news story by a terrorist attack in Westminster, killing and seriously injuring […]

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‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ ….. but how?

‘Blessed are the peacemakers,’ said Jesus.  But it seems impossible – how do we make peace in daily life?  If we take Jesus at His word, we are called to be peacemakers, to pray and act so that peace comes in our families, our neighbourhoods and even in war zones across our world.  How can […]

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Unbecoming

I came across this word in a poem today and my mind sparked. Unbecoming. There is something about the word I really like. Yes, I know that it carries negative connotations:  unflattering, unattractive, plain, ugly, inappropriate, unfitting, unsuitable, unacceptable, to name a few. It also carries a sense of what is seen or perceived. But […]

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