The Ache for Beauty

Being a lot lacking in ideas for a blog due today, or maybe yesterday, I did have one happy thought! An old friend of ours, Lynn Caldwell, is a creative, married to a creative. She’s Canadian, a writer, photographer and maker. He’s Irish, an uilleann piper, among other things. Lynn’s Dad died recently, and she []
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Are you happy? Should you be? Does it matter?

One of the many reasons we loved my grandmother, “Gag”, was for her cheekiness, and for making us laugh at the wrong moments. She died in 1991 but still I hear her smart answers in my head, day in day out. Her answer to the questions at the top would be along the lines: “Well []
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Beyond Brave

They were willing to risk their lives, even if it led to death.Revelation 12:11 (NIVR) Evan Mawarire, on Sunday 24 September 2017, after his arrest. While he was preaching someone told him the police were waiting outside for him. Evan earns his living as an MC at weddings and other functions; he is the unpaid []
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A place of worship?

How do you write a blog? Not a clue. Google might help. A blog, it appears, is “written in an informal or conversational style”, “often reflects the personality of the author”, “a personal online journal”. OK! Should probably give up NOW, but no! Someone else thinks that you might be interested in what I think []
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Death is Fatally Injured

  “But in the dark expectant silence, the seed was stirring, the temple was re-building. Death had swallowed Life, and Death was dying.” (from Catalysts, 1980, Rene Dionne & Michael Fitzgerald)  See Hebrews 2:14-15   John 20 and 21 is some of the most evocative writing EVER. If you’re any good at imagining yourself in []
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August Blog

If you haven’t read the Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis, you’ve missed out on one of the great joys of life. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, recently wrote a book about C S Lewis. He describes the extraordinary gift of Narnia like this: it allows someone who doesn’t believe in God []
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What does the Holy Spirit do?

If you visited the prayer room, especially when it was in UJ, you will hopefully have been aware of a couple of the images the Bible gives of the Holy Spirit. Images that give us clues about who he is and how he does what he does. Dove is one of them. What’s most telling []
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Day 79 – Being on God’s Team

Acts 16 – 20 The first thing that struck me about this LONG reading is the word “we”! It starts to appear 10 verses in. Luke, the author of Acts and a doctor, was one of Paul’s companions on this mission trip that lasted years. So this is a first-hand account of what happened! He []
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Day 69 – Death is Fatally Injured

John 20-21 “But in the dark expectant silence, the seed was stirring, the temple was re-building. Death had swallowed Life, and Death was dying.” (from Catalysts, 1980, Rene Dionne & Michael Fitzgerald)  See Hebrews 2:14-15   This is some of the most evocative writing EVER. If you’re any good at imagining yourself in someone else’s []
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