The Stone-thrower’s Gospel

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Gay marriage. Abortion. The Noah movie. Mark Driscoll. You may have noticed that none of these topics ever get addressed here at Sixty Stadia. There are those who will say that this is a failure to be relevant; on the contrary, this is an intentional decision to, as Pastor Brian Houston says, keep the main thing the main thing. There...
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God Out of Office?

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One of the books I’ve dipped in and out of lately is The Iliad; don’t worry, I’ve not converted to polytheism, cast aside my salvation – if such a thing were even possible – or started worshipping Zeus, I just have a literary interest in the book. In the early chapters, after a rather large tiff between Achilles and King...
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Stripping your sleeves…

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When I was two or three years old, my sister took a brick to my face. I don’t know why anyone would do that to a young boy, I just know I bled profusely from right above the eye while the perpetrator screamed a lot and tried to make the whole thing about her. Girls. I know those of you who...
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Requiem

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It would be easy in western culture, with our much prized freedom of speech, to forget the great power and impact of words. Within living memory for some in Russia it would have been impossible to forget; during Stalin’s reign of terror, the words you used were so important that they could be a matter of life or death. When Vasily Grossman...
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Beyond price

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It’s funny what a glimpse of something’s worth can do. We were about thirty miles out of the city, at a monastery perched among the jagged, serrated edges of a Catalonian mountain, when we first saw the entrance to the gallery. It was a matter of simple deduction – there were plenty of free things to do and see, mountain...
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Hope

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The statistics on local employment can make for grim reading; there are five times as many people looking for work as there are jobs available. It’s not the kind of headline that anyone would want written over their city, and I am keen that people challenge the idea that if you want a career you make like a duck and...
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Catalunya t’estimo

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We’d been in line for what seemed like an awfully long time to get up an apparently quite small staircase. Yes, it was narrow, but it wasn’t long and people seemed to be making the business of ascent far more time consuming than required. I snapped away taking pictures and waited, and eventually we got through. The staircase led us...
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The Liberty Bell

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Can you imagine receiving a letter saying that any debt you had has been cancelled, written off, you’re free? For some people in America this autumn that’s exactly what happened. The Occupy movement used donations to but up debt on the financial markets for a fraction of it’s value and then sent letters out to say the debt had been...
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What to do when Christ isn’t enough

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Have you ever been worshipping away, in a state of blissful abandon as you do, when you actually realised what you were singing? One moment you’re giving your all and the next you’re choking back a line because in your heart of hearts you feel that you probably can’t sing it at that moment without being a hypocrite. Perhaps none...
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Still Faithful After All These Years

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I remember when I first heard the new Zion record from Hillsong United, I was in a particularly bad funk. It’s hard to describe the effect that first hearing the song Oceans had on me. It blew me away entirely as a declaration of God’s faithfulness and ministered to me where I was at. One line seared itself into my...
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