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Everyday Miracles…

My house mate is a music producer, and I remember one day last year he came home and played a song he’d recorded that day. It was a cover of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A Changin’, by a local artist called Brooke Bentham. It was haunting and beautiful and I can honestly say that, much as I love the original, I enjoyed this more. But that’s rare, isn’t it? In general no one is flocking to Elvis impersonators because they’re better than the man himself, they’re going to impersonators because the real thing is dead. When we’re reading the words of...
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Crime and Punishment…

I remember a time, when I was growing up, when the biggest question in the world seemed to be whether OJ Simpson was guilty and what the punishment should be. Twenty years later and the world found itself similarly preoccupied by the Pistorious trial in South Africa. Suddenly everyone becomes a forensics expert, a lawyer, a judge and a jury; we become fascinated with punishment as though it somehow sets things right. There can be something oddly reassuring about the concept of punishment – perhaps it’s a hangover from childhood. You never want discipline but after it’s done there is the feeling that you broke a...
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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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