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Caesar’s Gold

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways that Christians respond to the politics of the age. When I was pastoring in an area in the north of Newcastle, I would be intentional about leading us in prayer for the local MP and councillors and encouraging people to view them as co-workers in our shared desire to see the good of the area. I believe we have a clear biblical mandate to pray for our leaders, be good citizens, submit to the rule of law. But that can feel hard to hold in tension when there are world leaders who seem...
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And Now the Good News

Marathons are all about good news, though if you tell me that at three o’clock on the 24th April I may disagree. But, on a fundamental level, the marathon’s origins are more about the telling of good news than they are about athletics. In September 490BC, Pheidippides burst into the assembly in Athens, informed the gathered leaders that their army had defeated the Persians at Marathon, and then promptly collapsed and died. He had ran from the battle with one job — to be a messenger of the good news. The marathon was born. People run marathons for many reasons, some for...
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Welcome Home

I’ll never forget the feeling, sat on a train at a station somewhere west of Budapest, that something ominous was about to happen. I’d cut it scarily fine getting to Kőbánya-Kispest station and dashed through the halls trying to find my platform; I was shocked to find that even in that suburban station there were people slumped against walls and hovering with desperation in the ticket office. I got on the train, with a minute or two to spare, and found that our carriage was filled with people fleeing the war in Syria. As we stopped at the first station outside of Budapest, I glanced up to see a dozen...
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Love is…

There’s a story I love about John the apostle; in his nineties, and unable to walk, his disciples would carry him to church in Ephesus. He was the only one of the twelve disciples left alive and people would press him for wisdom. Every time he answered them simply; ‘Little children,’ he said, ‘love one another.’ Little children, love one another. Yesterday morning I took a walk to Keleti station, Budapest. If you’ve seen any news in the past week you’ll probably know what’s been happening there. Thousands of people fleeing war in Syria have been camped under the concourse....
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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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