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Discipleship

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Let me say right off that there are more than 3 things to learn from Jesus – but, there are three staggering things we need to pay attention to and learn from in Matthew, Mark and Luke’s account of Jesus “blessing the children”.  Why staggering?  Well, because they are obvious but not focused on, clear......
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The beginning of December 2016 saw the launch of not one, not two, but three research reports – all, in some way, about children’s and youth ministry.  First up, was “Passing On Faith” published by Theos; followed by “Rooted in the Church” from the Church of England; followed by “Losing Heart“, published by Youthscape. Lets......
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A few years ago, Mark Griffiths wrote, “One Generation from Extinction” (published by Monarch, 2009). Although addressing a slightly different question to Nick Shepherd – at it’s heart the book tackles the same theme. Faith generation and transmission. How on earth do we pass on faith? How do we ensure it continues to be passed......
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In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says, You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot // Matthew 5:13 What is interesting about that phrase, “no longer......
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There is a powerful new advert out from NatWest. I think it has something to do with promoting their social responsibility credentials (I won’t be discussing that here!) However, the video raises some interesting questions about who we are – essentially saying that “we are what we do.” We make choices and decisions, it is......
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Erasmus was a dutch theologian.  He was a priest, social critic and teacher. In 1516 he translated the New Testament in to Greek.  I know that might sound odd, as the original was a form of Greek with a bit of Aramaic thrown in . . . but, for over 1000 years the church had......
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There are a flurry of blog posts I’ve seen today after a couple of articles over the weekend about growth in the Church of England and the disquiet from some about the Reform and Renewal programme. First, there was an article about the plans to reverse the decline in congregations from an opponent of the......
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Imagine, if you would, a river in full flow. You are standing on the grassy bank and gazing at the field and hills on the other side. Looking up and down river, you search for a bridge – there is no bridge that you can see. Swimming is out of the question; the current is......
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When I was a small boy, I used to make cups of tea for my mum. I would pour the water into a cup, add a teabag and stir. And stir, and stir. Not a lot would happen – the teabag would float around in the mug, but I could not see any “teaness” happening.......
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Here I am riffing on a “Thought for the Day” message from 2012, thinking about what Christ’s Ascension tells us about God’s love and His presence. We are not alone, YOU are not alone . . .  [Edit : 16/06/16] I have not been able to get “Thought 4 The Day” (Radio 4) out of......
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