Category Archives: From The Manse

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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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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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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St. Andrew

According to John’s Gospel, Andrew was a follower of John the Baptists to begin with. John’s mission in life was to prepare people for Jesus and to point them to him. Andrew was one of the first to really get the point. There were obviously some of John’s disciples who did not see this as

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Christ is King

One of the most powerful realities of the Christian faith is the Holy trinity. The fact that even before the creation of the world, God existed as three persons in a relationship of love. This shows that God is not a God of power, might or even detached indifference. God is first of all love,

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Manse Musings

Sometimes in the midst of a busy day a word will come to you, a word from God, a word of encouragement. On my blog I hope to keep you updated with such words at least on a weekly basis. A word to cheer you in your daily walk with God. Today, I simply want

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