All your base are belong to us!
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All your base are belong to us!

I recently read a blogspot on the website churchleaders.com titled “10 Things That Demonstrate The World You Grew Up In No Longer Exists”.  At the risk of not doing it justice, let me give you an abridged list of their thoughts and a couple of my own. Church attendance is now a fringe activity and Regular church attendance is...

What did we expect?
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What did we expect?

Jesus asked the crowd “what did you expect when you went down to see John the Baptist? Did you expect to see a man dressed in an expensive suit with gold rings and a BMW key tag? No, those people don’t hang around that part of town. You went to see a prophet – someone...

Expectations
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Expectations

I have been reading the story of Joseph from Genesis again in the past few days. Each time I paused for breath – at the end of each chapter – I started to think about what the expectations of the various people in the story were in the midst of the events they were living....

What Could Christmas Mean To You?
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What Could Christmas Mean To You?

It’s that time of year again.  As Bing Crosby used to sing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Toys in every store…” I remember Christmas as a kid – the wonder and amazement of Christmas day, and all the anticipation leading up to it.  We knew there would be so many presents, and...

The Story Of Our Lives
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The Story Of Our Lives

Our lives are lived in story.  Narrative is the language of our lives. Think for a moment about your best day.  Maybe your wedding day, or your best holiday, or the day your kids were born – whatever day you remember with fondness. Now tell me about it. You will find yourself using a lot...

What is Grace?
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What is Grace?

We are so often told that grace is defined as “divine, unmerited favour” and this has almost become the catch cry of so many – that we don’t deserve grace, and it is from God, and it is his favour bestowed on us.  None of this is necessarily wrong, but it is not really complete...

Coming Second
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Coming Second

I am a preacher.  Its what I do.  Contrary to popular belief, I don’t just work for a half an hour on a Sunday morning.  In fact, as a preacher, my eyes and ears are always open for thoughts which inspire me.  I live in a state of prayer and meditation which then transitions into...

Some Thoughts On Risk
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Some Thoughts On Risk

I recently heard a speaker talk about risk and faith.  I am misquoting him here, quite deliberately, because I want to put a slightly different spin on what he said. “Risk” is a fact of life.  Everything we do involves risk.  If you get out of bed, you risk tripping over.  If you stay in...

What Moves You?
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What Moves You?

Alison and I have been married for almost 20 years.  In that 20 years, we have moved house 12 times.  If you are a renter, you know what this is like. I also know a lot of other people who have moved house.  Whether it is moving to another town or state, or even country,...

Maths With Matthew
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Maths With Matthew

Part of our bible study program at church is a program we call “CAB”.  It stands for Cuppa And Bible, and we encourage people to spend time each day with their Bible over a cuppa.  Then we come together on Sunday afternoon and talk about the scriptures we have read. This past week we have...