Letter from the Manse

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Obsessed with sport?

An estimated 30 million across the UK watched England play Germany. World Cup football, Wimbledon tennis… you can’t get away from sport at the moment. Sport is one of our national idols. As a Christian, how should I react to this idolatry?

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Obeying God rather than men

It’s often hard to be sure when the commands of men do contradict the commands of God. Life isn’t simple.

I hope that we can agree at least on some big principles. Here are four.

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Easter not Christmas

Most people in the UK don’t make a great deal of Easter these days.  Christmas is a much bigger event:  cards, presents, trees, decorations, special services, days of feasting.  Compared with that, Easter is quite low profile.  That’s true for us as a church too.  Yes, we hold a service on Good Friday.  Yes, we sing hymns about the resurrection on Easter Sunday.  Some of us may eat hot cross buns and give the children Easter eggs.  But we don’t spend weeks preparing, planning, celebrating the way we do for …

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Happy mother’s day

Yes it’s coming up again.  That Sunday – dreaded by fathers all over the UK – Mothering Sunday.  The 14th of March this year. 

No doubt it will be no different from last year or the year before: countless panic-stricken men queuing down at the late-night Tesco on Saturday night to buy last moment flowers, chocolates, perfume, which then have to be wrapped in time for little Tommy, Jenny and two-year old Samantha to present them to mum on Sunday morning.  And mum, eating her once a year breakfast …

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All dogs go to heaven?

Two weeks ago we made a sad decision.  Griff must go. We acquired our shaggy-haired collie cross eight years ago.  We had him before we had any of our children.  We debated many times whether we ought to get rid of him.  But now we knew the time had come.  So the condemned dog ate his last meal – the best part of a chicken.  He followed me out to the car and jumped in enthusiastically – a ride in the car usually means a walk …

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