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Dec 2018
9

What is worship?

Archbishop William Temple put it like this: To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of..
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Sep 2018
29

Whoever shouts loudest...

For me personally one of the hardest skills to learn has been – and still is – listening. When people talk to me I find it hard not to jump to conclusions, finish their sentences, and decide what t..
Sep 2018
12

Give to Caesar...

The coin I’ve often pondered the significance of the coin Jesus asks the Pharisees to produce in this passage: Keeping a close watch on him, they send spies, who pretended to be sinc..
Aug 2018
29

Show them how to live

‘Mama, I don’t want to keep people from dying; I want to show them how to live!’ Those words arrived in my ears that day with the power of an Isaianic oracle.  In the middle of the sea storm thos..
Aug 2018
21

Prayer is like garbage

Maybe prayer is like garbage.  I regard taking out the garbage as part of the daily tedium of life, and it is something I leave, wherever possible, for other household members to do.  Of course, I..
Aug 2018
16

His love endures forever

In 2 Chronicles 2-4 we have a description of the building of the Temple in Jerusalem, and then in chapters 5-7 the dedication of the Temple. As I read those chapters recently as part of my B..
Jun 2018
5

Do you love me?

There’s always more we can do in ministry, but God is not asking, ‘Can you do more?’ He is asking, ‘Do you love me?’ Some of those extras are not always as vital as we think them to be. Christo..
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May 2018
30

Doubt and Scripture

I listened this morning to a podcast interview with Christian Hofreiter on Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide . It is well worth a full listen, it’s a challenging topic and Christian has som..
Apr 2018
3

Let the dead bury their own dead

One of the most challenging sayings of Jesus comes in Matthew 8.22: Another disciple said to him, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus told him, ‘Follow me, and let th..
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Mar 2018
24

‘We are made to love, not to fall in love’

I was listening to a programme about Debussey called ‘Perfect Husband, Pitiable Artist’ on Radio 4 the other day.  It was exploring whether he loved anyone except himself, his genius - eventually com..