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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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Freedom or slavery?  – teaching children about sexual relationships

Pornography is everywhere.  Everyone who uses a smartphone knows how easy it is to view pictures and stream videos from the Internet, and how easy it is to come across or access material that in previous generations would have been in magazines sold ‘under the counter.’  You don’t have to have children in the house […]

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Equality – do some Christians matter more than others?

In our society, where equalities are enshrined in law, most people would say “Of course no Christians matter more: we are all equal!”  In an earlier century, most people would have assumed “Of course some matter more: the rich and leaders in society deserve more honour!”  But both these statements are based on false assumptions.  […]

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Life develops naturally

I cannot help but share a few reflections on what we can learn from a baby, having become a grandpa for the first time in the last few days.  It is of course a very emotional time for the close family, especially the baby’s mother and father!  It has happened throughout history but when a […]

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Welcome one another

In Romans 15:5-6 Paul prays for the church at Rome: “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  We might find it hard to […]

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Strangers – enemies or guests?

“Welcome one another just as Christ welcomed you,” Paul says “for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7).  So welcoming one another gives glory to God.  The background is that may of Paul’s hearers in the church in Rome were Jewish believers who found it hard to welcome Gentile believers.  The Jews were (as so often […]

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