Patience can be the place where hope is born

One of my pet peeves about Christmas  in America is how we tend to go hard at the familiar story that plays out around the manger – or at least the classic tableau featured in Christmas cards - but then routinely ignore so many of the other interesting elements. It’s like how movie and television …

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Ode to Four Mothers

"God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them." 1 John 4 Happy Mother's Day. Or, as it was known in England when I grew up, Mothering Sunday. As you can probably guess, here around Maul-Hall the traditional, "Give mama the day off" doesn't really fly. First, I …

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our theology of dirt (good soil)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each …

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Are you one of The Magi? Advent Day 3

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” - Matthew 2:1-2 Today's Advent at the …

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32 Years Into a Great Marriage – a testimony to kindness

First - Happy Anniversary to my amazing and wonderful wife, Rebekah! Today marks 32 years since we launched this adventure together. Step aside, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure; move over, Mr Toad's Wild Ride; take a back seat, The Incredible Journey. Our story is more epic by far. In my own experience, I'd have to …

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