Minister’s Blog 6 June 2021

There is a Japanese proverb that states “the nail that sticks out most gets hammered down” to make the point that it is difficult to be different. If you are different, you stand out and, as a result, can make yourself more of a target for abuse or contempt. If you think back to your…

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Minister’s Blog 30 May 2021

Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday where we reflect on our unique understanding of God to be three distinct persons, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. While it’s a famously difficult concept to understand, we should maybe see the Trinity as more like a mystery to marvel at rather than a problem to be solved. While…

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Minister’s Blog 23 May 2021

It must have been amazing for the disciples to be in the presence of Jesus. Here was someone who could show them what life in the Kingdom of God looked like. Through watching Jesus and learning from Him, the disciples could see that there was a difference between how the world was and how it…

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Minister’s Blog 9 May 2021

I heard someone say that the problem they have with Christians is that they have just enough religion to hate and not enough religion to love. It’s a well-known fact that Christians are called to love others. It’s also a well-known fact that we don’t always manage this. Throughout history, the some in the church…

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Minister’s Blog 2 May 2021

As many of you probably know by now, I am a fan of the grape. Well, I am a fan of the product of grapes once they are fermented and bottled. But a bit like the internal combustion engine, I have little concept of the process involved, I simply appreciate what it does. Yet even…

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Minister’s Blog 25 April 2021

Whoever said “talk is cheap” has clearly never sought advice from a lawyer before. But it’s true that actions speak louder than words. We are more sceptical about things than we used to be, and we tend to challenge assertions and seek proof of the integrity of what someone is saying. Often, we are told…

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Minister’s Blog 18 April 2021

One of the benefits of modern life is how rapidly news can spread from one part of the world to another. Thanks to the internet, an event in one country can be reported on in another country almost instantaneously. Even news relating to ourselves can be spread far and wide thanks to social media. It’s…

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Minister’s Blog 28 March 2021

I’ve just finished reading a book about the “Wars of the roses”, a series of conflicts that took place between the rival houses of Lancaster and York in England from 1455 to 1487. There were many bloody battles fought between the sides to establish who would be king of England. Having staked a claim on…

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Minister’s Blog 21 March 2021

“I’m only human, of flesh and blood I’m made. Human, born to make mistakes” So sang the Human League in their 1986 song “Human”. It has become widely accepted that if we are presented with an ethical or moral decision and we go the wrong way, we simply shrug our shoulders and point out that…

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Minister’s Blog 14 March 2021

A film I really enjoy watching is “The Matrix”. In the film, humanity has been enslaved by machines who keep us in a dream like state in a computer-generated world. Because it is the only world we have experienced from birth, we simply accept that it is the world that we live in. However, some…

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