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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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Advent 2010

December 1st, 2010 No Comments

‘Tis the season to be Adventy! On Sunday we celebrated the beginning of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas where we get ourselves ready to welcome Jesus again, as ‘God became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood’ (John 1:14, the Message). On Saturday James, Carol, Matt and I spent a day at Northpoint […]

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7 Sacred Days: Dying Well

September 5th, 2010 No Comments

Isn’t it crazy that most of us are so concerned about how many years we will be left on this earth, when we are not even living sensitively in the time we have now? -Robert Wicks, Seeds of Sensitivity, 50. This morning we continued our 7 Sacred Days series with a focus on Dying Well. […]

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Everlasting Debtors

June 19th, 2010 No Comments

Martin Luther King Jr wrote this in Strength to Love: We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women…. When we arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge provided for us by a Pacific Islander. We reach for soap that is created for us by […]

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Listen To Your Life

June 12th, 2010 1 Comment

This is how I will finish my sermon on Sunday morning, so it’s a sneak preview if you’re in early, or will be ready as soon as you’re home from church, if you want to read it again for yourself. It’s a reflection from a collection of Frederick Buechner‘s writings, Listening To Your Life, p2: […]

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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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Unplug and Plug In: Day 31

March 19th, 2010 No Comments

One of my great hopes for West is that this period of Unplugging from screen-based entertainment will give us space to Plug In to God – maybe Plug back In to God. So often we say to ourselves and each other that we don’t ‘have time’ for things we say are important to us.  I […]

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The Thing You Don’t Know

January 29th, 2010 No Comments

I’ve said before that my Mum is my hero when it comes to giving people ‘the benefit of the doubt’, thinking the best of people rather than the worst. Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel, Lacuna, has reminded me why my Mum’s attitude is so important.  The theme of the book is that ‘the most important thing […]

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Making Room: Soul Food 1

January 15th, 2010 4 Comments

“Fear is always with us: that we are not good enough or strong enough, and so will fail; that we will be hurt.  Fear that what we love will be taken from us.  Fear of dying, even fear of God, or of no God.  But God surprises us by giving us strength to bear what […]

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Just Before We Pack Up the Decorations

January 12th, 2010 2 Comments

Through a combination of laziness and love of Christmas decorations, one year we had our tinsel up until September the following year… One European tradition is to take down Christmas decorations at Epiphany, 6 January, the day we celebrate the visit of the wise men to Jesus’ family in Bethlehem.  (If you missed Simon’s excellent […]

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