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No Record of Wrongs

Love. It’s probably the most written about topic in history; more than any other it has provoked men and women to write beautifully, chaotically, scarily, emphatically, dejectedly, emotionally, angrily, happily, disdainfully, jubilantly and everything in between. Love captures the human heart like nothing else. It was love, Homer tells us, that drove Menelaus to make war on Troy. It was love that inspired Byron to write so eloquently, Anna Karenina to hurl herself upon train tracks, Debbie Harry her heart of glass, and Eagle Eye Cherry to earnestly wish he could save tonight. Love captures the human heart like nothing else. In...
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A better way to be angry…

There’s a scene in the movie Avengers Assemble, where Captain America tells Dr. Banner that now would be a good time to get angry. Dr. Banner, of course, is better known as the incredible hulk because of the effects anger has on him; he turns to his friend and says, “That’s my secret, I’m always angry”. A quick read through facebook, twitter and even many traditional media outlets, would suggest he’s not alone. We see it every day; if someone says or does something that annoys someone? It’s all over the internet in a matter of minutes. There’s a petition to have...
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Who do you sing to?

At the start of our service yesterday I glanced around about me, as I’m prone to do, and took stock of what was happening in church. I wondered about a few faces I couldn’t see, and whether they’re okay. I wondered about the different things that the team were doing and whether everything was running smoothly. As I turned back towards the front and analysed whether the lighting behind the team was symmetrical or not (it was, our team are awesome), I really felt God challenge me on one thing: who did you come to sing to this evening? I had been distracted by good thoughts, in...
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Lose Control

I like to feel in control. I’d not go as far as saying I’m a control freak but I’ve definitely got the tendencies. It’s said that people fear what they can’t understand, but it’s equally true that people fear what they can’t control. One of the scariest things about enduring life’s storms can be the feeling that we no longer have control and there’s nothing we can do. The anxiety and worry of feeling unable to get a handle on what’s going on often seems even worse than the potential outcomes. A lesson from history Two thousand years ago when they finally decided to...
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Fighting For The Furthest Heart

I’ve often wondered about war photographers. How did Robert Capa feel when he captured the image of a man dying in a Spanish battle? How does it feel to observe yet not have the power to intervene? There’s a moral tension between the duty to tell the world the story and the duty to join the struggle. Martin Luther King Jr understood this; a photographer once put down his camera and waded in to try and stop police brutality. King reprimanded him severely, because now the world would never see what had happened – all he had done was add...
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