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Giving Up The Gun


After every mass shooting in America, The Onion runs the same article; ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens. It’s a sad indictment of the continued failure of American legislators to do anything to stop the tide of gun violence. My heart breaks for the people caught up in this, those who grieve, those whose children or parents are never coming home. I’ve often written thoughts and decided against sharing because I’m British and want to stay in my lane – however, this time I decided to post. I may not be American, but I’m human and every act of terror...
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Another Chance


You shouldn’t dance and drive. It’s simply not a good idea. Yet, as I progress through life, I’m finding it harder and harder not to. Just a little bit, you know, a head nod or two and one hand to tap out a beat while the other steers. While heading home on Boxing Day, fighting the urge to do just that, an old song came on the radio; Another Chance by Roger Sanchez. It’s crazy, right? Some humans have been born and raised to adult life since that song came out. I struggle as much as the next person to understand how that...
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Reformed and being reformed


I’m not going to lie, I was underwhelmed by the door. When you travel over 650 miles to see a door, you expect it to be as you imagined it. While there’s some debate about whether Luther ever posted his 95 theses on the door of the Schlosskirche, we can all be sure he didn’t personally engrave them on the ornate door that now stands there. If the door itself was something of a let down, however, the trip to Wittenberg was anything but. I’d travelled there to learn more about the events that led to the reformation and to see...
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Remembering to love


It’s general election day here in the United Kingdom. Many of us will have been through this cycle many times and yet this campaign has seemed in some way different; it’s been more ideological and has at times appeared to get even more heated than normal. Glance at either the press or social media and you’ll find plenty of aggression and vitriol, usually written from the perspective of a perceived moral high ground. All too often when we don’t understand the choices of others, we dismiss their opinion and sometimes even attack their character. As James, the brother of Jesus, writes: ‘Out of the...
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Resurrection


The thinkers and philosophers who gathered to grill the apostle Paul on his beliefs atop the Areopagus had heard many things in their time. Athens had always been a centre of knowledge and education; it was the city that had produced Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates and it carried the intellectual stature to match that tradition. The men Paul spoke with probably thought they had heard every idea under the sun. According to Luke, the historian who travelled with and wrote about Paul, they did little else with their time but talk about and listen to ideas. A revolutionary claim There was something...
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