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Can you give 10 minutes a day for R&R’s Advent Challenge?

Advent is supposed to be a time of waiting and anticipation. A time to pause and prepare for the celebration of Christmas. If I am honest, for me it is far more likely to be a time smothered with extra busyness, … Continue reading

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Endurance inspired by hope: why churches remain at the heart of tackling poverty

A while ago an atheist friend of mine who also works with homeless people said to me: ‘My motives are purer than yours.  I do this work simply to help people, you do it so you can get into heaven.’ I did my … Continue reading

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Jesus wouldn’t have a mortgage, so why do you? – by Nathanael Gillett

“And Jesus said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of one’s possessions.” (Luke 12:15) I’ll be up front with you – I don’t agree with owning … Continue reading

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‘Christians cannot be passive about hunger, sickness and injustice’ Tim Keller

On holiday recently I read Tim Keller‘s book The Prodigal God. This is a short, accessible and beautifully fresh description of the heart of the Christian faith. I would recommend it to anyone – but especially to those who those … Continue reading

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I saw Jesus resurrected in Trafalgar Square

On Good Friday, my nine year son and I went up to Trafalgar Square to watch The Passion of Jesus. It was an epic production performed by the Wintershall Trust and sponsored by The Bible Society. Over 5000 others were … Continue reading

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Infanticide…and other Christmas themes

This morning, I watched my five year old daughter make her acting debut in her school Nativity Play.  It had everything to be expected – excitable shepherds, pretty Angels, proud parents and a clip-clopping Donkey.  It was cute, fun and everyone … Continue reading

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The Fifty Shades of Christian Fiction: ‘Cross Roads’ by Wm Paul Young [review]

What has Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack, got in common with EL James, author of record breaking series Fifty Shades of Grey? Well, for a start they have both sold millions of books. But also, both writers have … Continue reading

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New book from author of The Shack – ‘Cross Roads’ + your chance to win a free copy

Today, WM Paul Young is launching his second novel Cross Roads.  His first novel The Shack was a global bestseller, shifting over 600,000 copies in the UK and 18 million copies globally. I must confess that I was not a … Continue reading

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‘There is nothing we can do to make God love us more and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less’

This week, at the day centre for homeless people that the West London Mission runs in Marylebone, I led a reflection on Jesus’ Parable of the Lost Son from Luke 15.  We also used Rembrandt’s famous painting The Return of … Continue reading

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Learning from those who never got there: what Bonhoeffer and King teach me about reaching 40

Last month, I was 40.  It’s a time to stand back, to reflect and take stock…and invest in moisturiser.  Especially when one of my son’s friends thought I was 60! In recent years, two of the biggest influences on me have … Continue reading

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