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Row 10

Last week I made a trip to Geneva to discuss working together with our continental cousins in the evangelisation of Europe. The airline I travelled with kindly emailed me to tell me that I could check in on-line. After consulting web sites about best seats on the aircraft for my flight I was delighted to […]

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Obscuration

My morning prayer-walk often takes me past a tree and an obscured sign. I looked at it more closely today. It is something about not cycling or motorcycling on the common. The ivy has grown over it so that the exact instructions are hard to read. The sight reminded me of when Jesus warned his […]

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The Kettle of Despair

Or – “The Importance of Reading Instructions” Yesterday my wife and I visited a National Trust property called ‘Shaw’s Corner”. George Bernard Shaw lived there for many years. Before leaving home we checked the web site – no cafe on site. No problem, we thought, this is a perfect opportunity to use our new ‘travel […]

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True Friends

This morning I was struck by this sign on a tree in woods where I walk the dog and pray. It seems that whoever Leonard Renery was, he was out of the ordinary. I am sure the common has had many friends, but this man was a ‘true’ friend. Such friendship was unusual enough that […]

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The Ring

What is a ring? Specifically, what is an engagement ring? They come in a bewildering variety of styles, with different metals, settings and stones. Some have engravings, some are new, or, like the one Penny & I picked out 26 years ago, some are old. It seems that this is a relatively modern tradition in […]

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Kicking Up A Stink

Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury (AOC) stirred the hornet’s nest. His remarks on politics, society and the priorities of the coalition government have given rise to lengthy columns in newspapers, hours of debate on radio and television, and innumerable tweets on twitter. I will not comment on his views, but observe that very few people […]

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Moving On

One of my favourite places is Neros. I like the coffee and the atmosphere. I have been in my local this morning for a while. After some time with my friend Je Vais (he had a hot chocolate, which is not quite false doctrine but is not to be encouraged) I remained drinking a coffee […]

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Spreading Tree

I saw this article on the BBC web site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-13682775) about the UK’s ‘vastest’ tree (is there such a word as ‘vastest’?). It spreads over an area the size of a football pitch, and is more than 250 years old. Now I like trees, but unfortunately this cannot help but remind me of the ‘spreading […]

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Flawed GEMs

On Sunday afternoon the Family Group Leaders of our congregation came over to our place for lunch. We talked about principles and practicals of what it takes to have great evangelistic meetings (G.E.M.s for short) in our homes. I especially found it inspiring to hear the people present talk about the reasons they first came […]

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Swimming to Growth

I grew up watching the BBC children’s programme ‘Blue Peter’. In my time it went from black and white to colour, but one thing never changed – there was always one member of the team who did outrageous stunts. It was John Noakes in my day, but I was so glad to read of one […]