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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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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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Until

It’s one of those weeks where looking at the news presents us with a seemingly endless array of pain, injustice and suffering. Thousands lie under rubble in Nepal, repentant and reformed people face death by firing squad, rioting and looting troubles America, and at home politicians fight over who is to blame for poverty and food banks. It’s easy to forget that all of this exists only until. A few weeks ago I was preparing to encourage our community as we gathered to share communion. I started to think over every word in the traditional passage of scripture and the one that stuck in my head was one of...
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