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Singing Like a Canary

London’s Canary Warf is intimidating. Tall buildings and power-dressed people dominate the landscape. Michael invited me into this lion’s den. I felt as an alien might. The area has a sub-culture all its own. And where was the sky? The skyscrapers blocked most of the … sky. However, Michael had a good purpose. He brought […]

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A Whale of a Time

Have you ever noticed that in attempting to avoid our fears we often find ourselves running into them full steam ahead? A TED talk reminded me of this. In 1820 a whaling ship was sunk by a sperm whale (Melville used the incident as inspiration for Moby Dick). The survivors were thousands of miles from […]

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Celebrating Epic Fails

We are back one final time in the Vasa museum. The two previous posts highlighted the twin tragedies of vanity and cowardice. But there is another, more encouraging point. Here we have a multi-million costing museum housing something my wife described as an ‘epic fail’! Only in a democracy will you find people queuing up […]

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Speaking up Stops Shipwrecks

The Vasa sank in 1628, but its lessons live on. In the previous post we noted that the king’s vanity and impatience led to the ship’s premature launch. However, there was another factor. In the 17th century most monarchs played on the ‘divine right of kings’ as a method of maintaining control. After all, who can […]

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Vasa Vanity and Babel Babbling

A highlight of a recent trip to Stockholm was a visit to the Vasa museum. The ship was built in the early 1600s, but sank on its maiden voyage within sight of national dignitaries, foreign ambassadors and huge crowds. It was salvaged in 1961 and now lives in an impressive purpose-built museum. What caused this disaster? Several […]

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Beauty out of Context

Who doesn’t want to gaze upon the beautiful? Our culture seems obsessed with it. Magasines, TV programs and advertising agencies flood our senses with what is considered beautiful. The question seems to be, “What is beautiful?”. But I’d suggest that almost anything is beautiful – if seen in the right context. Much that is beautiful […]

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Go-Kart Christianity

Life has its complications. If you don’t believe me, wait a while and you’ll see! The good side of complications are that they deepen us (who can understand the heart of God unless they have struggled or grieved?). But the down-side is that they can cloud our view of what is important. Perhaps that’s why […]

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“Close to the Edge”, Hebrews 12.1

How close to the line can we get? That’s where the excitement seems to be. The edge of safety, the margin of comfort, the fringe of security. There is no denying that Jesus pushed the boundaries and called his followers to step out in faith. However, seeking danger is never commended. A friend of mine […]

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Matt 9.9-13, “Doctor in the House”

Matthew, Gospel, Jesus, New Testament, Hosea, Mercy, Love, Grace, Hypocrisy, Pharisees