Letter from the Manse

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It means what it says

I recently re-read an old and familiar friend: J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ for the first time in 15 years. It’s one of the most well-known and widely read books in the English language and in consequence many theories have been devised about it.

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When is a lie a lie?

Reading through the Old Testament with four children is a challenge. One issue that has come up a number of times has been the importance of telling the truth, and whether it’s ever right to deceive somebody.

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Happy with my hymnbook

A few weeks ago I was at a conference. It was excellent. The accommodation was good and the food was plentiful. It was good to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones. And there was a lovely unity. Those who chaired sessions or spoke were united in their emphasis on the central truths of the gospel. The doctrine of God’s sovereignty came through powerfully in session after session. The worship was reverent. The preaching was earnest, passionate, winsome. The conference did me good.

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A very special day

I’m writing this six days before Easter Sunday and looking forward to that very special day. As near as it can be calculated, it is the actual anniversary of the great event. Jesus was executed during the Jewish Festival of Passover and rose three days later.

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Humour & Holiness

I spent last week with 17 other men on a “study week” and we studied. 7 hours together each day around the conference table and personal assignments to be completed in the break times. And it was fun.  Lots of laughter around the study table, at meal-times…

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