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The Universe in Your Backyard #2: Ephesians 1:15-23

September 15th, 2011 No Comments

On Sunday James McKillop confessed to us that as a ‘Navigator’ at university, he and his mates had privately christened half the Navs the VGNs, while identifying themselves as NNs. He said (and you can hear his sermon here), ‘You see, the Navigators are a group which pride themselves on such things as bible studies, […]

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Matters of Life and Death #2: Crisis Pregnancy and Hospitality

July 24th, 2011 1 Comment

When thinking about the issue of crisis pregnancy, we could spend all our time on trying to find the exact moment when a collection of human cells becomes a human person.  When does a small human being start to bear God’s image and deserve protection and hospitality? Or we could instead ask what Christian hospitality […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Being Human

July 11th, 2011 No Comments

What should a doctor do when a terminally ill patient asks her to ‘end it all’ with morphine?  What are the implications of expectant parents having Down’s Syndrome screening for their unborn babies?  How do we cope when our ageing parents no longer recognise us? On Sunday we began a new series looking at some […]

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Fresh Start, Fresh Perspective

July 8th, 2011 1 Comment

From all of us at West, a huge welcome to Deanna Weir (Dee), our new Family Mentor! Change the world, one family at a time.  For the last eighteen months, the church and West Baptist Community Trust have been preparing for this. We have observed that there are a lot of isolated, struggling people in […]

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Bodies

February 15th, 2011 2 Comments

You take your body with you everywhere you go. Whatever you care about, whatever you prioritise, there your body is with you. So when Paul said to the church in Rome, ‘Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to […]

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Neighbours (Roi M)

February 9th, 2011 3 Comments

From Roi M I have been thinking about the whole “Stepping out the boat” thing and what is churning around in my head is the “love thy neighbour” command. I guess it is pretty important because Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all […]

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Hands

February 4th, 2011 1 Comment

If you are interested in a short reflection on Albrecht Durer’s Praying Hands (and plenty of others) to sustain you through your week, visit the excellent ArtWay site, where you can also sign up for weekly email reflections. I get them and find them a helpful oasis of visual worship to interrupt my very wordy […]

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Free Range Preaching: Humdrum

January 27th, 2011 No Comments

Eugene Petersen, the writer of the Message translation of the Bible, says this in his introduction to the book of Malachi: Most of life is not lived in crisis – which is a good thing. Not many of us would be able to sustain a life of perpetual pain or loss or ecstasy or challenge. […]

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Free Range Preaching: Yet

January 6th, 2011 5 Comments

Why do bad things happen to good people? This might be the most-asked theological question in the world, and you’ve probably asked a variant of it yourself at some point. This week we start a short series on the ‘minor’ prophets, the short books at the end of the Old Testament. We begin with Habakkuk […]

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Here’s to 2011

January 2nd, 2011 1 Comment

A new year might be an arbitrary piece of mathematical jiggery-pokery, but it’s also a handy opportunity to let the enthusiasm of the whole country energise our own inclination for change or renewal. This morning I read this collections of blessings by Joyce Rupp, using imagery from the Bible. Have a look through and see […]

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