Thought for the Week

The ‘right’ to die

Dear Friends, The death of Peter Smedley will be the first assisted suicide to be shown on terrestrial television in this country, in a documentary called Choosing to Die.  It seems to be part of a steadily mounting campaign in the media to make assisted suicide legal. It is sadly ironic that death should be

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The most powerful man in the world

Dear Friends, It has become customary to refer to the President of the United States as ‘the most powerful man in the world.’  It happened again during his recent visit to these shores.  I’m not in a position to dispute that description, although how we really know for sure may be open to question. But

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If only I could get a super injunction…

Dear Friends, If I’m honest, I don’t really understand the technicalities of injunctions and super injunctions.  So, if I’ve got any of the details wrong, please correct me.  But wouldn’t we all like to be able to take out a super injunction if we could?  Don’t we all have things that we’d like to keep

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‘Get to’ – or ‘have to’?

Dear Friends, I’ve heard many good things from Mark Driscoll in the last ten days, both at a church planting conference in Birmingham and also at the London Men’s Convention.  He has a number of well-chiselled phrases to sum up his message.  One of those is when he talks about something being a ‘get-to’ rather

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What really happened with Osama bin Laden?

Dear Friends, I have a number of questions surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden, although I’m not the only one asking them.  What really happened when he died?  Was he armed, or not?  Did he use his wife as a human shield, or not?  And why were these stories altered in the media so

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The only variety

Dear Friends, ’57 Varieties’ used to be the slogan of the Heinz Company.  In fact, according to Wikipedia, they now manufacture more than 6000 products.  It is often assumed that, similarly, there are endless varieties of Christianity on offer, and we are free to pick and choose the ones we prefer, or none at all,

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Better than I deserve

Dear Friends,   How do you respond when someone asks, “How are you?”  I suppose most of us reply by saying something like, “I’m fine, thank you” – or perhaps, more briefly, “All right” or “Okay”.  And there are endless possible variations on those themes. I came across one wonderful way of responding to the

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Cynicism is cool

Dear Friends, Are you a cynic?  Do you take people, and their words, at face value?  Or do you assume there’s something sinister going on beneath the surface?  Eliab, David’s oldest brother, was a cynic.  When David turned up to fight Goliath on the Israelites’ behalf, what was Eliab’s response?  Did he say, “We’re so

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Giving thanks

Dear Friends, A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being part of a small gathering of Anglican ministers.  I was very much the ‘baby’ there, as I haven’t (quite) reached the age of fifty – which is the qualifying landmark! One of the gems I picked up was from another minister who

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Unbelievable

Dear Friends, Some things would be almost impossible to believe, if not for the fact that someone saw what happened and has told us what they saw.  Scholar Richard Bauckham has observed that the same can be said equally of the events of the Gospels and of the Holocaust. It is a striking, almost shocking,

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