Old(ish) friends…

Friendship is an interesting phenomenon. There are people you connect with instantly, those you’re around constantly but can never really seem to get used to, folk who you’re close to at work but would never dream of spending time with elsewhere, some you like a lot but don’t miss when they’re not around, casual friends,…

Not that big a change since we were five...

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When Age is Just a Number

Yesterday evening Rebekah and I hosted a small birthday party for my mum, Grace Maul. She turned 80–years-old this week, which is a remarkable achievement. I love the balance of life that family brings. Our daughter, Naomi, is expecting our first grandchild in just three short weeks, and meanwhile my mum turns 80. Yet you…

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Beauty from ashes – #NineEleven

The tone of life and news and conversation these past few days has been markedly serious. And appropriately so, given all the issues that have resurfaced in response to 9-11 and the tenth anniversary of the attacks on America. The world remains a tragically broken place, populated by so many struggling souls. However, I am…

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The Gospel of Peace

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. Jesus – John 13:34-35 Yesterday was a rich day; complex, nuanced and deeply layered. The…

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We are strongest to the extent that we love: September 11 ten years on

ca·thar·sis: n. pl. ca·thar·ses (-sz) a. A technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness. b. The therapeutic result of this process. I already posted some thoughts on 9-11 earlier this week (and I’d recommend that you take a look if you’re interested in a hope-filled and positive…

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WWW – Surf the World-Wide-World

I love the Internet. It’s the perfect complement to my life as a writer. If you’re reading this, it’s not because I write for some newspaper or magazine, it’s because the miracle of the world-wide-web enables you to look over my shoulder as I do my morning devotions, sit at the keyboard, and get my…

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“Scout for President” – Time for another dog blog

Parts of today’s blog were inspired by the following post from my friend Bruce Reyes-Chow: Applauding executions might be American, but it’s not Christian. Yeah, that’s right, Scout is thinking of running for president. Seriously. She took one look at the “presidential” debate yesterday evening and thought, “Why not?” It started when the audience applauded…

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