Monthly Archives: September 2014

The one about the brother and sister who forgot that they didn’t get on

Disclaimer: Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead (or in my house), may be purely coincidental. Bothers and sisters don’t always get on, especially when there is a large age gap between them. Imagine a situation where a teenage boy … Continue reading

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Godparents or Guideparents?

I had the privilege of leading a service of blessing for two lovely children during the weekend. The family involved had some friends who they wanted to be Godparents but who aren’t Christians. As I understand it they were willing … Continue reading

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Ryder Cup foursomes, partnership and working together

So I was driving in my car yesterday and on the radio they were talking about the Ryder Cup. It was mentioned they were playing in foursomes but I had no idea what that meant. After listening for a while … Continue reading

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I’d better win or else

Please make me win If you don’t I would not pay you. This is what my daughter wrote on the envelope for her competition entry. The language is clumsy but it is supposed to be a threat because she thought that then she … Continue reading

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Why does a reliable machine need an extended guarantee? Or the one about being manipulative!

My wife and I recently bought a dishwasher and encountered one of the pushiest sales people I have ever met. We arrived at the shop knowing what we wanted, we just needed to pick it up and go. The sales … Continue reading

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Would you follow a broken Messiah?

As Jesus died on the cross two criminals were crucified next to him. One taunted Jesus saying, ‘If you’re the Messiah, save yourself and save me while you are at it’. This was a perfectly natural reaction, many people had … Continue reading

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Jesus Surprised me but I didn’t realize it

I’ve been reading the gospels a lot recently and as a result I’ve realized that my expectations of Jesus in amongst the busyness of my everyday life are often too low.  If something goes wrong and I need help I have … Continue reading

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These boots were made for walking

I’m taking part in a 16 mile walk in a few weeks so I decided I needed some proper walking boots. Once I had bought some I needed to break them in, so at the weekend my wife, my girls … Continue reading

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The Light Shines the Brightest in the Darkest Places

Sam was in the dark and he was terrified. The day had started so well as he and some friends had set off to explore a local cave system. As they had entered the dark unknown they felt a strange mix of … Continue reading

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Why do we make prayer so complicated?

She is only 9 years old but when she prayed for someone their bad back got better. She had been to a Scripture Union camp called The Wild One during which the children had the opportunity to pray for each other. We … Continue reading

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