Monthly Archives: May 2014


Paul Chapman 2I’m devoted to Bible study, an interest that comes from my parents who, while I was growing up, spent time every day reading and discussing the Scripture.  It seemed as if they knew more about the first century than they did the twentieth in which they lived.  Perhaps that is not such a good thing.  Would it not be better in Bible study to use half of the time discussing what is the meaning of this Biblical passage for our life today?.. read more

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The sun is shining

christopher_rowe This last week I have been afflicted by some sort of infection which has caused me to feel as if I’ve been going for it non-stop in the gym – every muscle aches and is painful, and a sore throat to boot.  Ibuprofen and Amoxicillin seems to have helped and it seems to be on its way out now – thank God.  It has made me reflect on the pain that some people live with everyday – chronic pain that does not go away and that pain killers do not touch.  34% of my parish have a long term limiting illness, and over 15% are on prescribed medication for anxiety and depression.  A good friend of ours will go under the surgeon’s knife today to remove a brain tumor.  And the sun is shining, the garden is growing, the bluebells are still out and life is making itself felt.  I struggle with the concept of original sin for humans, even more so that creation has gone awry since the Fall.  Yet I must admit when faced with such huge indications that all is not well in our world, with what seems to be the demonic power of addictions, original sin has its value, for we do seem to be imprisoned... read more

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Saving the poor from their saviours

Wevo fanA large heavy-duty truck got stuck under a railway under-bridge. It could neither move forward nor be reversed backwards. A traffic jam started building up on both sides of the under-bridge. Experts were called in to solve the problem: the structural engineers, fire & rescue people, road engineers, mechanics…all sorts of people with great knowledge and expertise converged on the scene but none seem to have a solution for moving the truck. A young boy passed by and noticed the commotion... read more

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