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Look Behind the Fridge

An aroma of death clouded the fridge this week. I put off investigating. It might just be the ripe Brie. Should I look behind the fridge?  Such a nuisance! Our fridge is wedged into a space which makes it hard to pull out. And then there is the need to remove the heavy items before […]

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Matt 9.1-8, “Blessed are the Curious”

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Creating Hospitality Hotspots at Church

The delight I felt at having a whole row to myself on the plane to Tokyo was duplicated on the return journey. Three seats were all mine again – bliss! I think the Lord knew what I needed. The schedule in Japan was intense, but inspiring. The sleep was mostly adequate, but only 1 hour […]

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Matt 9.1-2, “The Faith of the Young”

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Sending Sendai

The Sendai church took to the stage on Sunday morning in Tokyo. They welcomed us and led the service in prayer. I am so impressed. Why? You may remember the earthquake and tsunami that hit that part of Japan. Intrepid members of the Tokyo church travelled there to help the survivors. Despite the chaos and […]

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Sweet Seat Surprises and the Joy of Jesus

Eleven hours in economy is unlikely to excite the soul. However, Thursday’s flight to Tokyo had 100 empty seats. Not only that, but no one sat next to me in the exit aisle. Hallelujah! I had three seats all to myself and unlimited legroom. Boy, was I happy! I know our joy shouldn’t be dependant […]

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Rising Tension, Rising Sun & Thessalonika

Mount Fuji © Galina Barskaya | Dreamstime Stock Photos Thursday marks a new adventure for me. I’ll be on a plane headed to Japan. The nerves are more frayed than usual. Why should this be, I wonder?  Flying doesn’t normally make me nervous. Perhaps it’s simply the excitement of going somewhere I’ve never been. Or […]

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Sir Ben Kingsley and the Footsteps of Christ

© Mary Lane |  Dreamstime Stock Photos Sir Ben Kingsley was on the radio this morning. His portrayal of Ghandi in the film of the same name is hugely memorable. It was one of the first films my wife and I saw together when we were at university in Birmingham. Sir Ben told the story […]

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Little Red Box and a Magical Mystery.

Life is full of mysteries. Why is music a universal human language? Why are snowflakes so beautiful? And why do people watch reality TV? Life without mystery would be dull. Walking in the woods I came across a red plastic container (in the picture). Shaped like a charity collection box, it resolutely refused to reveal its purpose. […]

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Thessalonians Teaser

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