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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 in bed, will pretend …

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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 at …

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Creation

It’s 150 years since Darwin published “On the Origin of Species” – a book that changed the way countless people view the world. What’s left of Christianity when you adopt Darwin’s scheme?

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Prayer Meetings

I returned recently from a 3 week family holiday. One of the great benefits of being away from home is the opportunity to meet with other churches. It’s good to hear other men preach, to share in the life of another congregation, to pray with another church. You can learn a lot by attending the prayer-meeting in another church.

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Singing Psalms

On Sunday evenings we are studying the psalms together. I’m planning to cover the first twenty or so. The psalms were never intended just to be read, either silently or aloud. They’re not merely poems – they are songs. The book of psalms was the hymnbook of ancient Israel. So, if aiming to get the full impact of the psalms, emotionally as well as intellectually, it’s important that we sing them together.

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