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Kindness

Many Christians find themselves living in the gap between standing for truth and demonstrating grace, but the result can often be self-righteousness disguised as truth or indifferent tolerance disguised as grace. So, what is the bridge that enables us to travel from...

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Living in the days of terror

The Guardian newspaper’s headline this week of “Young lives stolen by terror” gives us a stark reminder that the days we live in are truly dark ones. However, we cannot judge these days as being unusual. I grew up (as many did) with the constant threat of what was...

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Church Planting part 1

As I have previously mentioned, a few years ago I wrote a lengthy paper on church planting. Over the next few weeks I am going to publish extracts from that paper here. I hope you find them helpful. Part 1 In an age of helpful tips on doing anything from paper folding...

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What always precedes How

Some years ago, whilst happily living in Swindon and quite content to serve Swindon Family Church (now known as Gateway Church Swindon) for the foreseeable future, I took a short sabbatical for the purpose of writing what became a lengthy 110 page paper entitled...

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The Chapel update

I am sure that many people have gone through that tough period of time when it seems impossible to move ahead with your vision. Weeks can turn to months and months to years when circumstances don’t permit you to be proactive. It can at times be discouraging to...

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Poem – Easter Sunday

Carrying spices at the dawn of the day, Eyes full of tears, dragging their feet on the way. Slowly they ambled towards the grave, Forgotten the hope the last three years gave. They called him Messiah, thought he was the one, But the Jews and Gentiles together had won....

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Poem – Good Friday

What's so good about today? My Lord's been captured and our friends ran away. They've taken him off to the High Priest's court Many false witnesses and accusations they've brought. It's not looking good he's passed all around From priest to king hoping fault would be...

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Poem – Maundy Thursday

It's very busy, it's an important day, All preparations are well underway. The life of a servant is lowly and poor, Here comes tonight's guests pushing in through the door. I gather their cloaks and get ready to work But something catches my eye, my head gives a jerk....

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The Best News You Have Ever Read

Over this coming weekend, Christians all around the world will celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ but, for many, this is quite a confusing time. How does celebrating the death of a good man, from more than 2,000 years ago, have any relevance...

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Poem – Palm Sunday

"Go fetch a donkey" was their simple command, But the donkey's owner was a little alarmed. "The Master, He needs it" the disciples assured, "He'll sit on its back as the people applaud. He'll enter the City, like a conquering King, While the children of Israel all...

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