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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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Like a large portion of the population of Newcastle and Gateshead, I found myself in the new Krispy Kreme Hot-light store over the weekend. We had been cycling and the new store was on our way home; after thirty odd miles a few carbs seemed like the order of the day. Locking up our bikes I strolled across to the smiling fellow in the store uniform and asked if the line protruding from the front door was the line for individual doughnuts. “Yes,” he said, with a sense of pride and satisfaction, “but it’s not so long this evening, it’s only...
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The Compassion Of The Christ

I should start with some honesty; the passing season hasn’t been the easiest for me. It’s been one of those seasons where you’re only too aware of your failings and the enemy is keen to manufacture a few more to feed into the mix. In worship there are moments when I’ll find my self looking ahead and above and, being as we’re now meeting in a beautiful old building, my eyes will fix on the cross. I love that for hundreds of years architects have built in this focus on the cross to the very way the designed the bricks...
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By the Word of Their Testimony

Being involved in youth ministry is one of the most phenomenal blessings I’ve ever known. Having the opportunity to come alongside the next generation is an amazing privilege; ask any of the youth leaders at our church and I’m sure they’ll say the same thing. It may be our job to encourage and build into the youth, but so often we leave encouraged, challenged and inspired ourselves. This year has seen the start of Encounter Academy, every other Friday night we gather with United Youth and we’ve been seeing fantastic results. Decisions for Christ, intense and anointed prayer sessions, great preaching...
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The Light Threshold

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV) I’ve blogged over the past few weeks on the way we grow, using the analogy of plants that grow towards the light. This post, however, spins that...
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