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Thought for the Week (Page 2)

The Valley of Vision

Dear Friends, Many of us know that reading the Bible and praying is the root of a strong spiritual life.  Yet most people I know find reading the Bible easier than praying.  There is one book I have returned to more than any other in seeking to make my personal prayer life – where I […]

You have saved the best till now

Dear Friends, I enjoyed the story this week of diners in Manchester who had the happy experience of being served a bottle of wine worth 17 times as much as the one they had ordered.  They had ordered a £260 bottle of Bordeaux and received instead a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001 costing […]

What should I have said?

Dear Friends, I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where we wish we’d said something better, something more Christian and Christ-centered, but couldn’t work out what to say and so said nothing at all.  Let me tell you of one such moment, in the hope that we might help one another to do better […]

What a mess we’re in

Dear Friends, I was dismayed when I read the latest GAFCON Quarterly.  It spoke of the chaos surrounding the 2020 Lambeth Conference for bishops in the Anglican Communion.  It turns out that the ‘spouses’ of three bishops who are in same-sex unions will not be invited because this is felt not to be “appropriate”.  However, […]

What the resurrection proves

Dear Friends, “Alleluia, Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed, Alleluia!”  This Easter churches around the world will resound with that magnificent declaration, as they have for many centuries.  It is a glorious truth, the very centre of our faith.  But what does it prove that Christ is risen from the dead? It proves many […]

It’s a disgrace

Dear Friends, I was reading the Bible with someone this week when we came to these words: “Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore” (Hebrews 13:13) – where “him” is Jesus and “outside the camp” refers to him being crucified outside the city. It’s a call to be […]

Remain or Leave?

Dear Friends, You may have thought this was yet another article about Brexit; you’re probably relieved to hear that it isn’t.  It is indeed about whether to leave or to remain, but it concerns the Church of England rather than the European Union.  That’s the question that many conservative evangelicals are asking as they see […]

Choose Jesus

Dear Friends, A week ago I heard two talks on youth culture (yes, really!), and one thought in particular has stayed with me.  The speaker was talking about the importance of encouraging young people to ‘Choose Jesus.’  Following Jesus, now more than ever, is a deliberate choice.  No-one is simply going to drift into following […]

Love your Muslim neighbour

Dear Friends, Mosques in Birmingham are on heightened alert after five were attacked in the early hours of Thursday morning.  The five mosques are in the Aston area and at least one attack involved using a sledgehammer to break windows.  We can imagine how we would feel if we found our church buildings attacked.  Adil […]


Dear Friends, Esther was a teenager when Boko Haram militants attacked her village in Nigeria’s Borno state.  She spent three years in captivity.  Offered the choice between marriage and slavery, she chose to be a slave.  She was still married off to a man who already had three wives.  Intimidation and sexual abuse followed.  She […]

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