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Salvation

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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Wounded

While I was in Paris last spring I had the pleasure of visiting the Musée d’Orsay to see a few exhibitions, including a retrospective of the work of Gustave Doré. One of the biggest pieces in the collection they were showing was his extravagant oil painting; Christ leaving the Praetorium. There, in the centre of the canvas, is a figure draped in the purest white; a halo offers a luminescent glow around a crown of thorns that seems to have barely left a scratch on the perfect hair it sits upon. The label may have said it was a painting of...
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Better.

I dont know how well you know Jesus – perhaps you’ve been a believer for years and never wavered, perhaps you have only just started to wonder more about who He was, maybe this is the first time you have ever heard His name – but I thought that I’d start this blog entry with a fact that you need to know: Jesus is better than you think. I had considered starting with a beautiful allegory for what Christ did for us but actually? I think that it’s more fitting to start with that fact. Jesus surpasses everything you could ever hope,...
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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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Come Into My Kingdom

A number of days ago my younger sister, Elisabeth Jobes, was taken to hospital unconscious and unable to breathe. For 18 hours the medics did their utmost, some refusing to go home at the end of their shifts, opting instead to stay and help – even a whole department refused to close for the night. For an equal amount of time an ever increasing number of friends turned the waiting room and hospital corridors into a prayer centre. We took communion in the intensive care waiting room, united not by our membership of any church – four different churches were...
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