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Everything is Illuminated

I watched the sunrise, yesterday, but you could be forgiven for thinking that I didn’t. It’s become an August bank holiday tradition to sleep under the stars. We’ve been in a cave, on a hillside, and yesterday found us on a beach. As tends to be the way with sleeping in the open, I was awake at dawn with my eyes scanning the eastern horizon. A low line of clouds hung in the sky and the time for sunrise came and left without that beautiful slither of gold making it’s appearance. I didn’t see the sunrise, but I knew that it had....
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God Out of Office?

One of the books I’ve dipped in and out of lately is The Iliad; don’t worry, I’ve not converted to polytheism, cast aside my salvation – if such a thing were even possible – or started worshipping Zeus, I just have a literary interest in the book. In the early chapters, after a rather large tiff between Achilles and King Agamemnon, Achilles’ mother heads up to Mount Olympus to petition Zeus on her son’s behalf. What happens next was most amusing; Zeus, the big daddy of all the Greek deities, is not at home. He can’t answer her petitions because...
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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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Symphony…

I remember, some years back, writing about Mahler’s 6th Symphony – The Tragic. I never could understand why it got it’s name; I was enticed by the opening march of the first movement, with it’s heroic and adventurous lustre, and the beautiful little melodies and rhythms that distracted me from the theme. It was my favourite symphony. In 2009 I was blessed with the opportunity to go see it performed by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Sage Music Hall. I was captivated as Valery Gergiev, one of our age’s great conductors, led over a hundred instruments in unison. There,...
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Let Down Your Nets

Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of state during the Bush administration, once famously said that there were four types of known. There were known knowns, known unknowns, unknown knowns, and unknown unknowns; it’s just a complicated say of saying there’s a lot of stuff that we know and a lot of stuff that we don’t know. For God however, there is only one type of known; one of the perks of omniscience is the fact that you know absolutely everything there is to know. It’s baffling to me, then, that I still sometimes find myself thinking about things as though I know...
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