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Eat This Book

June 9th, 2010 1 Comment

What’s your favourite food? Imagine biting into it, chewing it luxuriously, savouring the taste… mmm… That’s what we did with Acts 3:1-10 on Sunday morning, in a version of the ancient Christian practice of lectio divina, ‘holy reading’, and it’s something you can do on your own, any day of the week. Start by imagining […]

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E100: Week One

May 30th, 2010 No Comments

This is the first in a series of E100 blog posts written by different people in our community. To kick things off we have Will Mills, whose E100 journey you can follow more closely on his own blog, here. Click on the text references below to see a copy of the biblical text Will is […]

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E100 Launch

May 22nd, 2010 4 Comments

At Allan’s baptism the other week, I was thinking how one of the coolest things about the Church-with-a-capital-C is that we are part of a community that stretches throughout time and around the world. We are not alone. Tomorrow we have a chance to be reminded of that as many of us begin the E100 […]

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Fairtrade Fortnight at West

May 2nd, 2010 2 Comments

Who should pay for the enjoyment I get from chocolate? Me, or a child working in slavery in Ghana, without adequate food or education? That’s the question raised by global free trading practices, where God’s daughters and sons around the developing world are exploited to produce goods we in the West buy for low, low […]

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A Tale of Two Texts: It Takes Two To Tango (and Forgive)

April 18th, 2010 No Comments

My Mum used to say to me and my sisters, whenever we were losing a fight and trying to get her to step in on our side, ‘it takes two to tango.’ She meant that it takes two to start a fight, so she wasn’t going to take sides.  I think Jesus would agree, and […]

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a tale of two texts: Jesus and divorce

March 28th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve been quite sick this week, and found it hard to do justice to the texts we looked at today.  Lucky for all of us, what the Holy Spirit chooses to do with preaching seems to be pretty independent of its ‘quality’!  If anyone would like to think further about what we discussed today, I […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 13

February 28th, 2010 No Comments

Today we went ‘over and back’ to figure out what Jesus was on about when he announced that his followers were ‘salt’ and ‘light’. If you’d like some extra food for thought (perfectly seasoned!), download the excellent reflection from Robyn Lewis from Northpoint at the end of this post.  She’s also our special guest star […]

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A Tale of Two Texts: Jesus Has a Dream

February 25th, 2010 No Comments

While we’re all unplugging from screen-based entertainment this Lent, we have a great opportunity to plug into the life of Jesus, particularly in the biographies of him we have in the Gospels. Last Lent we spent most of our time in Luke’s Gospel, looking at Jesus used instances of hospitality to transform people and relationships.  […]

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Unplug and Plug In: Day 5

February 21st, 2010 No Comments

One of the coolest things about our Lent project to Unplug (from screen-based entertaintment) and Plug In (to real life) is that it’s a collaboration with our friends at Northpoint and Central Baptist. And one of the coolest things about that is that each church gets the benefit of resources in the other.  Our friend […]

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Christmas Day Hilarity

January 2nd, 2010 3 Comments

Heavens to Murgatroyd, Christmas Day was fun! I forgot to say, unfortunately, that the mad, mad nativity play we enjoyed was of course adapted from Nicholas Allan’s masterpiece of a picture book, Jesus’ Christmas Party, which we read last Advent (without the French accent we were treated to on Friday!). Thank you to all the […]

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