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Luke, Psalms and the Wombles

Luke, Psalms and the Wombles

Jesus was ‘doing’ God. And we are called, challenged, purposed to do the same. We should be ‘doing’ God too. If Jesus wombled, then God wombles – and we should be wombling too.

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Is the Lord among us or not?

Is the Lord among us or not?

“Is the Lord among us or not?” We know that the answer should be yes but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it.

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Jonah: it wasn’t supposed to be like this

Jonah: it wasn’t supposed to be like this

Today we get that awkward bit in Jonah. A prophet wasn’t supposed to be upset when a warning is heeded. King’s aren’t supposed to take notice.

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Restoration People

Restoration People

If two of us agree on something it has heavenly consequences. It’s meant to put us on notice. A community marked by love and restoration.

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Is there a burning bush waiting for you?

Is there a burning bush waiting for you?

Perhaps there is a burning bush out there, waiting just for you? Let’s find out more from a God eager to talk about new directions.

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Jesus’ top 10 tips for dining out

Jesus’ top 10 tips for dining out

We thought ‘Jesus’ top 10 tips for dining out’ would be a way to think differently about Jesus and about ourselves. And we’ll sing some good songs too!

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Get out of the boat

Get out of the boat

There were 12 disciples – but only one felt inclined to get out of the boat and take a short walk. Perhaps you are that one person in 12?

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Click here for your free gift

Click here for your free gift

What if you received an e-mail from ‘God’? Would you open it? Would it make a difference if ‘God’ was offering you a free gift but you had to press on a link?

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Jesus applauding the key workers

Jesus applauding the key workers

It was 8pm and it was a Thursday. Jesus was stood outside the front door at the time, applauding the key workers…

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How do we get him back?

How do we get him back?

“So, we got Jesus in there. How do we get him back out again?” It must have been a dilemma for God and his angelic extraction team as they figured out how to reunite Father and Son.

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The song of our Syrian guest

The song of our Syrian guest

Psalm 23 is many people’s favourite passage of scripture. It gives great comfort at times of crisis, just like we’re in now. But it also speaks of God’s care in our ‘normal’ everyday living. There’s an even amount of light and shade here. Thankfulness during the good times – but recognition of God’s protection in the bad.

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On our road to Emmaus

On our road to Emmaus

I love this story of the road to Emmaus. Scholars don’t seem to know where Emmaus actually was – but that’s not really important. It was far enough to make a good story – and close enough to get back and share it with others…

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Our Tom

Our Tom

We would like Thomas! Today he’d probably be a Church Warden and we’d call him Tom. Only his mother ever called him Thomas. You know where you stand with our Tom. And we shouldn’t be at all surprised at what we see in today’s passage from John. Afterall, Tom is just being a bit more straightforward than all the others.

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Called by name

Called by name

John told stories. Stories about people just like you and me. In the closing chapters of his Gospel, we learn about the risen Christ through three people. Mary Magdalene, Thomas and Peter. They had the same worries, doubts and failings as we do. It’s through these three that we understand the implications for us today on Jesus coming back to life. And how we’re each called into action.

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The Enlightened one

The Enlightened one

Although her faith was by no stretch of the imagination complete, just moments after meeting Jesus, she went out and drew people in. “Come and see” she says. And they do…

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