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Uncertainty

Some years ago someone had the idea that instead of throwing confetti at a wedding you could make little things that looked like rose buds but then if you flicked them, the petals would unfold releasing the contents of the bud, which was usually birdseed. It made a change from confetti, was disposed of naturally

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Can you please be a priest?

Last week I attended a very good conference in Glasgow about the church in a secular age. How does our mission and work change as a result of the increasing secularisation around us? The keynote speaker, Stefan Paas made some excellent points in his keynote talks. One of the most fascinating points he made was

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Mardi Gras

Well it is Mardi Gras or in English, Fat Tuesday. In my case this is to go along with Fat Monday, Fat Wednesday, Fat…..You get the picture. Over the last few years I have slowly put on weight, exacerbated by a bicycle crash a few years ago which left me in a lot of pain

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A Good Day Off

Yesterday I had a good day off. it was a busy day, at times even a little hectic. it was not without stress, but it was good. In the morning I was able to pursue one of my hobbies and work on a small demonstration model railway layout. About 90 percent of the layout is

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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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