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We need more silence in our lives

“In modern culture, it almost seems like silence is extinct. We have given noise our consent to fill every moment of life. And it’s not just sonic noise, but even the mental noise that comes from constant entertainment. Through our smartphones, … Continue reading

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Christmas Pretox: a pre-emptive strike on festive busyness

‘I want to simplify your lives. When others are telling you to read more, I want to tell you to read less; when others are telling you to do more, I want to tell you to do less. The world … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Christmas message: a model of how to talk about faith in the public sphere

The Queen’s message, broadcast on Christmas Day was viewed by almost 8 million people this year.  This meant it topped the Christmas viewing charts. In recent years, the Queen has been increasingly open about her Christian faith. This quote particularly struck me this … Continue reading

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Bono on Christmas: ‘Love has to become something concrete’

“I remember coming back from a very long tour…Got home for Christmas, very excited of being in Dublin. On Christmas Eve, I went to St Patrick’s Cathedral…it’s a kind of tradition on Christmas Eve to go but I had never been. … Continue reading

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‘Do not be afraid’ is at the heart of the Christmas story

A few years ago one of my children was very worried about something, so I suggested that we pray together about it. We had talked a few times about how often the Bible says ‘Do not be afraid’ so we … Continue reading

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‘The Great Reversal’ – a poem by Kester Brewin

Walking with the crowds, Carried along by the pressing forward. Each one eager to get ahead, but each one starting the same – born as a baby and from then on struggling towards meaning, power and influence. Be someone, Be … Continue reading

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Three reasons why everyone should watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ this Christmas

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In my view, It’s a Wonderful Life is not the best Christmas film ever. It is simply the best film ever, full stop. Released in 1946, the film focuses on the life of a…

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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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Why acceptance isn’t enough – a reflection on the nativity and homelessness

Christmas is an important time for homeless projects and every year I speak briefly at a handful of concerts and services. This is (roughly) what I said at the beginning of the second half of Divertimento choir’s wonderful fundraising concert … Continue reading

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