Being Authentic

Perception is reality. Lee Atwater, who was an advisor to the US Republican Party in the 1980s, lived by this mantra.  He was a master of ‘negative politics’, hired by George HW Bush for the 1988 Presidential campaign, and helped to turn around a massive deficit to bring Bush Snr to the White House over []
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A celebration of ceremony

Recently at Ignite we were all part of a very special event where five people from our community were baptised or reaffirmed their baptisms. We had a fun trip to the beach, watched our friends get dunked and heard their stories. But it wasn’t just a nice day to give you a warm and fuzzy []
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Trampled on

I have a feeling that this might be my last ‘beyond the pale’ blog for a while, I feel like I just need a change. This is not to say that I have in any way covered the weird, disturbing stories of the bible and explained them all. I’ve only studied a drop in the []
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Freedom

Freedom. It’s a very popular concept in America. It gets tossed around a lot. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. And of course, everyone’s favourite for pursuing their own agenda: “It’s a free country.” It’s something we love to talk about as if we invented the concept, and yet other than a nationwide picnic and []
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A Letter of Sister Fiona to the Ignite-ations

Fiona, a follower of Christ Jesus, by the will of God, To God’s people in Blackrock and beyond, the faithful community in Urban Junction: Grace and peace to you. I always thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when I think of you. For you have faithfully, with perseverance and enduring patience, served []
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Words are Powerful Things

Words are powerful things. They affect how you think. Even in tiny ways, in the days’ outlook and approach. ‘Love’ is one I’m always careful with. This is probably due to the Anne of Green Gables books, where I think I remember a redoubtable old woman disapproving of the usage of the day: ‘love’ being []
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Janey, I’m exhausted!

The gym. It strikes fear into any person. The thoughts of running and weights and machines and sweat and pain and suffering! It’s an awful experience really, yet I pay for it! It is a real struggle to go to the gym, so recently I decided to mix things up and start attending a boot []
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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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Words

I sensed the crumbling of a dream in the one-sided phone conversation which I overheard.  I watched the face wilt as words delivered the difficult advice to step down.  They weren’t going to make it.  The Points were now out of reach.  The race for that dream was over, and they’d have to let it []
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