Author Archives: Graham Crawford

The Perfect Bond

No, this is not another debate about who should be the next James Bond. Neither, for my model railway friends, is it a blog about the best glue to use for various applications. This is about the best bond in life. What is the thing which holds life together better than anything else? According to

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Being Weird

Those of you who know me will understand why I had to buy a book titled, Being weird, because normal isn’t working. It is a great book by Craig Groeschel that points out that if the way of Jesus is the narrow way then maybe the church should not be just going with the crowds.

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Alternative Truth

What is truth? that was the question that Pontius Pilate is reported to have asked Jesus two thousand years ago when Jesus had been arrested and the religious leaders in Jerusalem wanted him put to death. What is truth? I would imagine that if Pilate was alive today he would be tearing his hair out

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Manse Musings – Steering a straight course.

Back when I was a teenager I got the chance to be at the helm of a very large ship. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. However part of the reason that I was on board the ship in the first place was that there had been a severe fire in

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Arise and Shine

Arise and shine, I don’t know how many times I heard those words from my parents as a child as they got me up for school or whatever the day had in store. Arise and shine. It was a phrase I really did not think about. It was just something my folks said. Of course

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What can I do?

One of the questions I often get asked, usually with some note of helplessness, is what can I do? The person may feel inadequate, too old, too young, stressed because of other demands on their life but they want to do something to help the ministry of the church. When people ask me I often

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Merry Christmas

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. I am sure that like me you will be hoping for peace on earth and goodwill to all people. However it has to start with you. peace on earth can only happen when there is peace

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Home for Christmas

What a weekend! The church was packed for our unrehearsed nativity on Sunday as our young people, aided by the young at heart acted out the Christmas story aided and abetted by the angel Gabriel and a narrator. It was a wonderful morning and great to have so many young people involved as we worshipped

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From the Manse

One of the highlights for me in the run up to Christmas is watching Bethlehemian Rhapsody. It is the birth narrative acted out by puppets as they sing an adaptation of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody telling the Christmas story. It is so clever and of course, in my mind, the music is not exactly shabby either.

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Advent

Preparation is everything. Many years ago I was part of a minister’s group that liked to do joint events. When it came time for one of the ministers to organise an event my colleagues and I kept pressing him for information about what we needed to do and what we needed to prepare. He kept

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