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Faithfulness

His Love Never Quits

It’s funny, I wasn’t really surprised when it happened; I guess it had been coming for a while. Four years ago my then best friend of fifteen years cut me off cold. My sister had just died and I guess terminating the friendship was easier than having an awkward conversation around condolences. I don’t relate this in the hope of sympathy, or to air a grievance, I’ve long since forgiven, but I relate it because I know that so many people in life have, at one time or another, felt the feeling of being abandoned by someone they trusted. Don’t...
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No Coincidences

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that I tend to be delighted by words. My friend Thom is probably the only person I know even more delighted by them; Thom, you see, is a linguist. I remember when I first came to church I was confused by the fact that I would sit next to him and he’d be taking notes in a different language each week just to practice. Last week we came to be having a conversation about the way that language shapes culture and he brought up a very interesting fact: There is no...
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Stripping your sleeves…

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 know Rachel will struggle to believe this but it happened, maybe with slightly less intent than my recounting of it suggests, and I have a scar to prove it. I really dislike that scar, it’s almost hidden by my left...
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Still Faithful After All These Years

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 mind as though placed there with a branding iron: “You’ve never failed and You won’t start now.”  Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me You’ve never failed and You won’t start now – Oceans, Hillsong United I love it,...
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Faithful

Despite growing up in the North East of England, when I was growing up I was a fan of Manchester United Football Club. (I would greatly appreciate if you would continue to read this blog and bear with me as I make this statement, remembering that as Christians we confess our sins one to another.)How was it then that at the age of sixteen I was to be found with a quarter of a million other people on Roker seafront, bouncing up and down while singing a declaration of unswerving loyalty to Sunderland Association Football Club? I had always considered...
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