Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

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MARKINGS (17)

  A good shoe is a shoe you don’t notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need no consciously think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling. The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.    [C.S. Lewis – Letters to Malcolm]    

A SURE AND CERTAIN HOPE

Gospel songwriter, Thomas Dorsey was out of town when his wife Nettie, who was expecting their first child, died in childbirth.  ‘I buried my wife and my son together in the same casket,’ Dorsey wrote.  ‘Then I just fell apart.  For days I closeted myself.  I felt that God had done me an injustice.  I…

PEACE SUNDAY

On November 4, 1918, one week (almost to the hour) before the Armistice that would end World War 1, Wilfred Owen was shot dead by a German sniper. He was just 25 years old. His mother received the telegram informing her of her son’s death on November 11, as the church bells were ringing out…

THE PEACEMAKER

‘I want to be at peace.’   NINES make you feel as if they get you, because they probably do.  They have an unusual ability to empathize and put themselves in another’s shoes.  In an argument, they make good mediators because they help opposing parties to see each other’s side.  Healthy NINEs are true reconcilers.  They…

STAINED GLASS

More than a billion phones in China contain Meitu apps that make it possible for selfie-takers to erase imperfections, get flawless skin, and affix to themselves blossoms and kitty ears.  In a recent New Yorker article, the founder of Meitu is quoted as saying, ‘In the same way that you would point out to your…

WE HAD HOPED!

There is an old story about a man who hunted rabbits. One day when he was out in the woods, a rabbit ran past him and collided with a tree stump, knocking itself unconscious. The man couldn’t believe his good fortune as he put the rabbit in his game bag. Every day for the rest…

ANABAPTIST ESSENTIALS (1)

In the next five weeks we are featuring a series of worship services called ‘Following in the Footsteps of Christ,’ a series looking at the Anabaptist way of faithful living. Palmer Becker has helpfully named three core emphases of early Anabaptism:  Jesus is the Center of our Faith, Community is the Center of our Life,…

THE BLUE-COLLAR PROPHET

Amos was a blue collar rather than a blue blooded prophet. He explicitly tells us that he was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, that is, in the professional sense of that term. No, he was a shepherd, a farmer, and a tender of fig trees. He was also a small town…