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The Last Mountain

One of the worst and most depressing experiences I have had happened a few years ago when I sat at the hospital bedside of a dying man. What made it one of my worst experiences was not that he was dying but that he was dying without God. Here was a man teetering on the…

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What Language Do You Think In?

For most people learning a new language is hard work involving a grinding progression through a series of stages of proficiency, a few simple words through to the point of being able to converse readily. There is however beyond that another vital stage to language proficiency. This process of ‘learning a new language’ was one…

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Cult Spotting

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15 It was recently announced that the controversial show ‘Book of Mormon-The Musical’ is coming ‘Down Under’. What is described as an “irreverent take on the ‘Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” debuted on…

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God’s Toolshed

I have been told that a very large hardware store is planning to open just over the road from our church centre. This will be I am sure a great delight to all congregational members who are DIY ‘Tragics’, you know the people who just love browsing the ‘goodies’ in such a store. I am…

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Choices

She was blessed- Good home, parents loved her, provided for all her needs. A good school doing well, headed for uni for sure, life looked set. Then Oh fateful day! A party, A ‘cool’ guy, A relationship, first of a long line of very bad choices. Oh choices. What they do to us! He was…

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Ho Hum It’s Easter

An article I saw recently about a visitor to Australia who had been diagnosed with leprosy reminded me that this disease is still around today in various parts of the world. This was true even more so in Jesus’ time, and for Jews was serious in a way that went far beyond the disease’s terrible…

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A New Ten Commandments

For many people life easier if they just have to ‘tick boxes’ i.e. they just want somebody, or a set of rules, to tell them what to do, so they can do it, ‘tick the box’ and move on. There are also those who like ‘ticking boxes’ in terms of their Christianity e.g. went to…

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A Tale Of Two Villages – For Choosing The Future

In the ‘Village’ pretty much everyone dressed up and gathered in the church building for the Sunday service. During the week they lived and worked in, or in close proximity to, the ‘Village’, either on the land, or in service enterprises (blacksmiths, coopers, shoemakers etc). This proximity meant that they rubbed shoulders with and connected…

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A New Iron Curtain

In 1946 the former British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill made what came to be known as the ‘Iron Curtain’ speech. It contained these words: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the (European) Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states…

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Longing

For many years I worked as a professional engineer in a design office in Wales in the United Kingdom. Most of my colleagues were fluent welsh speakers, a point that thoroughly irritated me because most of the time I could not understand what the office chat was about. So working on the principle of “If…