Thought for the Week

Earth’s proud empires

Dear Friends, It’s been another exciting week in British politics, with government ministers resigning over the proposed Brexit deal and speculation of a no confidence vote on the Prime Minister’s leadership. Although it’s the kind of excitement that makes you long for boredom instead! Some at least can see a funny side, and comedian...

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Lest we forget

Dear Friends, Remembrance Sunday is especially poignant this year as it falls on the hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day when in 1918, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent and peace returned as the fighting of the First World War came to an end. Many of

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Abducted, beaten, tortured

Dear Friends, Some of you will already use the Open Doors prayer diary to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. October is a month of prayer for India which is now 11th in the Open Doors World Watch List of the most persecuting countries, despite being the world’s largest democracy with a constitution that

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For or Against?

Dear Friends, Many are commenting how public debate is becoming increasingly polarised. Whether it’s Democrat versus Republican in the US, Leave versus Remain in the UK or just about any discussion on social media, you are either FOR or AGAINST in a very loud voice, with virtually no middle-ground allowed, where your side is entirely

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“I wanted my wedding dress to show my scar”

Dear Friends, That is what Princess Eugenie said of the dress she wore for her wedding on Friday when she married Jack Brooksbank. It was a remarkable statement. Most brides would try to hide their scars and other blemishes, but she chose to put hers on display by wearing a dress with a low back.

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How can a loving God send people to hell?

Dear Friends, That is the next of our occasional ‘Big Questions’ topics on Sunday 28th October. The idea behind dealing with these topics is three-fold: • To be able to invite people to come and hear the topic explored. • To equip ourselves better for handling such questions. • To give us the opportunity to

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It takes a village

Dear Friends, There is an African proverb that says “It takes a village to raise a child.” The meaning is clear. It takes a whole community of different people over many years and in a variety of situations to bring a child to maturity. Something similar could be said of raising Christians: “It takes a

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Don’t be a Drifter

Dear Friends, It is difficult to think of being a ‘drifter’ in a positive way (with the possible exception of the Drifter chocolate bar which I remember being delicious). My dictionary tells me that ‘to drift’ is “to be carried; (to) move passively, casually or aimlessly” and that a ‘drifter’ is an “aimless person”. It

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Me Too

Dear Friends, “I’m hungry and anxious and controlling and ashamed and angry and sad. I’m sinful.” So writes Emma Scrivener in her new book A New Day. It is a searingly honest account of her struggles, and yet a supremely hopeful one as she demonstrates how to bring each of these things to Christ –

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Truth with Tears

Dear Friends, How do we respond when faced with death and dying? Many of us will freeze and do nothing, afraid that we will get it wrong. I was reminded this week of how difficult it is to get it right, with the news that Rachael Bland has died. She was a newsreader and presenter

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