Thought for the Week

The Suffering Church

Dear Friends, How do you feel about putting those two words together: “suffering” and “church”?  It seems to me that it feels unnatural and abnormal.  The suffering church is other Christians in other places and at other times.  It isn’t us here now, so it cannot be normal!  Yet, the New Testament would have us

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Refreshed?

Dear Friends, What does it take for you to feel refreshed?  A walk in the country?  A good sleep?  An engrossing read?  A tough run?  A heart-to-heart with a close friend?  We are all made differently, so it is not surprising that we find our refreshment in different things.  Sadly, though, perhaps some of us

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Going for gold

Dear Friends, Are you looking forward to the Olympics?  There will be much to enjoy and to marvel at.  The goodness of God’s creation will be on display as human beings, creatures made in God’s image, achieve the most extraordinary things.  Sadly, there will also be much to be shocked and ashamed over, because the

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Is God enough?

Dear friends, I hope those who were at the Men’s Breakfast and PCC meetings last week will forgive me for repeating these thoughts.  They aren’t mine anyway!  They come from JI Packer’s brilliant book Knowing God and its truly marvellous final chapter, The Adequacy of God. It seems odd to talk of God being enough. 

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There’s nothing quite like a good grumble

Dear Friends, We do love to grumble, don’t we?  We grumble about the weather, the state of the economy, and our aches and pains.  We grumble about our bosses or our staff, our neighbours and our relatives.  We grumble when we have too much work to do, and also when we don’t have enough.  Is

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The ‘God particle’

Dear Friends, This week scientists announced that, after years of searching, they have found evidence consistent with the existence of the Higgs boson, popularly known as the ‘God particle’.  It is an astounding achievement.  And, even if it turns out not to have been found yet, scientists are getting closer all the time, and discovering...

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‘Thought for the Day’

Dear Friends, “I can’t imagine Jesus being invited on to Thought for the Day, can you?”  It is an intriguing thought!  Can you imagine the presenters of Radio 4’s Today programme introducing the speaker for that day’s three-minute religious slot?  “Now, we welcome to the studio, …”  What would they call him?  Jesus of Nazareth? 

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Mad or Bad?

Dear Friends, Anders Breivik has been on trial in Norway for killing 77 people and injuring 242 others last July.  He does not dispute the charges against him, and says his actions were necessary in order to prevent the “Islamisation” of Norway.  In an interesting twist, the prosecution is now arguing that he is insane

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Life in the Courtroom

Dear friends, We spend our lives in the courtroom.  Now, not many of us will actually appear before a judge or a magistrate to answer criminal charges.  But we all live our lives in the courtroom of public opinion.  We are constantly on trial, and our performance is being judged.  Sometimes we are acquitted, sometimes

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How to be cultured

Dear Friends, What is culture?  For some people, it is something they grow in a dish in a lab!  For others, it means the theatre, the ballet, classical music and the opera.  For many, culture is something that other people have: we speak of Bangladeshi culture, West Indian culture, and so on.  The reality is

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