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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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William Tyndale

The dramatisation by the BBC of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, has brought Tudor England and it’s characters into the forefront of the public’s conciousness at the moment. Figures like Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, and Thomas More are having their reputations analysed in the public eye as the media seeks to explore the balance between fiction and history. One figure mentioned in those books, however, towers above the rest for me: William Tyndale. When Elijah was on the run from the power crazed insanity of Jezebel, he cried out to God saying that he...
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Peace Has Come

It had actually been a really good day up until that moment; not perhaps the perfect day, but its average was definitely high. The trains were all running late but by good fortune I managed to get on an alternate that would get me home earlier, so I dropped my bag and my bones onto the first seat I saw and sighed contentedly. It was around about this point that it happened. Someone acknowledged my existence. Not just a nod either, actual verbal recognition of my presence near them on the train. And they had children. The future flashed before my...
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The Stand

‘The Stand’ is a spoken word piece written for the Iron Men 2014 conference at NCLC. The theme of the conference was ‘Stand’ and I wanted to use this piece to explore the ways that we interpret a stand. It’s often considered that a stand is a symbol of independence but a child initially stands not to be independent from their parents but in imitation of them. This should be paralleled by our journey in the faith as we learn to stand in imitation of Christ, and in the security of what He has done. Cinematography by Mark Harle, 2014. There was a process then, and...
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Thanksgiving

Can I let you in to a secret? As a Brit, I’ve often been a little bit cynical about thanksgiving. Not about the concept of saying thank you, but about the American holiday. For years I tended to adopt a particular air of indifference when it was mentioned and make an abundance of very dry, very sarcastic, comments. I’m all for gratitude where it’s due but dedicating a whole night to it? It’s just didn’t seem British. It’s not that I didn’t believe in being thankful, I just tended towards the more subtle expression of thanks – it was my general belief that...
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