Renting

Renting or lending your property to people is a tricky thing.  Finding the right person, who will care for your things, while using them, is hard. You want to avoid two extremes.  At one end, there are people who will not take any responsibility for what they have on loan;...

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Eccentric Ministry

“And, oh, dear brothers, who are engaged in winning souls, let me say to you, by the memories of all these good men who have gone before you, and who were counted eccentric, fear no man’s frown, and court no man’s smile, but say the right thing and the true,...

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Eccentric People

What is it to be eccentric? The short and easy method for determining the meaning of a word is to go to the dictionary. Dr. Samuel Johnson, what say you? The sage replies, “It signifies deviating from the center, or not having the same center as another circle.” …an eccentric...

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Mind Attic

I love reading Sherlock Holmes stories.  Below is one of my favourite quotes. “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he...

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Compassion

I like to think I’m a compassionate person. If I see a bad situation on the TV, I feel sorry for those people. I even give to charity – some charities, sometimes. But is that what compassion looks like? On Wednesday I took part in the SRE seminar at Penshurst...

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Purgatory

Have you ever heard of purgatory? In a nutshell, purgatory is where all believers are said to go, after death, to complete their purification through suffering for the consequences of sins not already punished for while alive on earth. “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the...

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Demons

Ancient culture, unlike modern Western culture, was explicitly spiritual. Everyone believed that the world was not merely a physical place but a spiritual place too. People believed there were spirits manipulating people both mentally and physically. Today, with the advent of science, people have smugly relegated demons to the realm...

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Bible Reading Again!

Again and again at church we are told to read our Bible – why?  Does God want us to be scholars?  What has bible study to do with loving God?  Isn’t it enough to know that “Jesus is Lord”?  How are love and knowledge related? The aim, as in all...

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Sin & People

The normal Greek word for “sin,” namely hamartia, means “missing the mark”: shooting at a target and failing to hit it. This is subtly but importantly different from being given a long and fussy list of things you must and mustn’t do and failing to observe them all. In the...

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Eisenhower’s Principle

In modern culture, everyone seems to be ‘time poor’; not having enough time to do what matters. In 1954, in his speech to the World Council of Churches, Dwight Eisenhower said, “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important...

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