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“In reaching out to the lost, I think I have found myself”: Review of ‘The Genius of the Poor’ by Thomas Graham

“Somewhat ironically, my 12-month journey amongst the unlearned and unschooled has taught me more insights and life lessons than all my privileged education had achieved back home.” In 2012, Londoner Thomas Graham arrived in the Philippines expecting to stay one … Continue reading

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Concrete faith: A review of ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker’ by Andrew Root

At the start of this book, Andrew Root outlines ‘The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon’, the term coined for the divergent Christian tribes who have bestowed hero status on the German theologian.  One consequence is that books on Bonhoeffer are warped by the theological commitment of the … Continue reading

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A journey of radical humility: ‘Pope Francis: Untying the Knots’ by Paul Vallely [review]

Recently I was talking with someone who was brought up a Catholic but it now an atheist. Although he has rejected the church of his upbringing, he was fascinated and excited by the approach of Pope Francis. It was just one example … Continue reading

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‘The Book of Forgiving’ by Desmond & Mpho Tutu [Review]

“Forgiveness is not easy, but it is the path to healing. It was not easy for Nelson Mandela to spend twenty-seven years in prison, but when people say to me what a waste it was, I say no, it was not … Continue reading

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‘The Weight of Mercy: a Novice Pastor on the City Streets’ – by Deb Richardson-Moore [Review]

Deb Richardson-Moore worked as a journalist in the deep south of the USA for over 27 years. When the newspaper she worked for wanted her to cover religious and faith issues, she decided to study theology.  This led her to … Continue reading

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What would you include if you could write your own obituary?

What do you really want to be remembered for?  What legacy do you truly want to leave? Actually sitting down and writing your own obituary is one of the exercises recommended at the end of the first chapter of the book … Continue reading

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Justice, mercy and humility: three ways to a transforming Lent

I see Lent as an opportunity to realign ourselves.  A time to re-commit to an integrity between who we are on the outside and who we are on the inside.  To seek a wholeness between the person that we present for … Continue reading

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When Grace is not so Amazing

Well Bono’s words about Karma and Grace have proved to be a bit popular – so far over 170,000+ people have shared it on facebook.  But what is it about Bono’s words that so connected with people? The power of grace Some of … Continue reading

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Bono on the difference between Grace and Karma

“It’s a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people, but the thing that keeps me on my knees is the difference between Grace and Karma… You see, at … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis and the importance of unfashionable opinions

I have just finished reading C.S. Lewis: A Life. Eccentric Genius. Reluctant Prophet by Alistair McGrath. It is a brilliant book. McGrath writes as someone who truly understands the Oxbridge academic world in which Lewis spent his entire working life.  As research, … Continue reading

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