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Wounded

While I was in Paris last spring I had the pleasure of visiting the Musée d’Orsay to see a few exhibitions, including a retrospective of the work of Gustave Doré. One of the biggest pieces in the collection they were showing was his extravagant oil painting; Christ leaving the Praetorium. There, in the centre of the canvas, is a figure draped in the purest white; a halo offers a luminescent glow around a crown of thorns that seems to have barely left a scratch on the perfect hair it sits upon. The label may have said it was a painting of...
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Hosanna…

February 7th 1964. Pan Am flight 101, from London to New York, touches down on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy Airport. Amongst the passengers on the flight are four lads from Liverpool, heading to the big apple to launch their music career in America, and in the terminal are thousands of screaming fans. The Beatles had arrived. When I think of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday I imagine similar scenes of hysteria. People are going wild. Here is Jesus, understated and humble, riding on the back of a donkey, and then surrounding Him are screaming crowds. They’re taking their...
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How Would Jesus Vote?

‘We don’t do God,’ said Alistair Campbell, somewhat famously, cutting off a Vanity Fair interview with his then boss Tony Blair. It’s turned out to be one of his most memorable quotes from his tenure but the irony is, of course, that Prime Minister Blair was an active Christian who prayed into his decisions. At the same time politicians from both sides of the house will mention their own faith in God. And agitators will film videos where they point at the whole system and explain what Jesus would have said about it all. So where do we get any clarity?...
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This Girl Can

I remember the first time I blogged about International Women’s Day it was quite by accident. I had been on my way to the refectory at university to buy some lunch when I was approached by numerous girls telling me which way I should vote in the day’s student elections. I knew nothing about the issues on campus but I knew a good smile when I saw one and voted accordingly. On my return to my desk I posted my experiences along with the inevitable conclusion that Emmeline Pankhurst had not went far enough: Men should be disenfranchised because we were far too...
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Lost in Wonder

There’s a sweeping trend online at the moment for sentimental stories; you know the kind? They usually whisk you off to a video; the title will tell you that you’re going to be amazed, your life will be changed, and you will be awestruck and filled with wonder as an unknown person wows the whole internet. And you’ll watch something sentimental for thirty seconds then get bored and go on with your day. Can I ask the question; have you ever been truly awestruck by what waited on the other side of the hyperlink? For me the effect of all of these things...
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