Taboos

I am reading a book which points out that a Christian lifestyle is not about being “narrow” or joyless.  The author remembers how in his youth young Christians were discouraged from going to the cinema, etc etc. I think Christian culture in Britain in 2016 on...

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Good Friday

  A few disjointed quotes and thoughts, mainly from other people, about Good Friday and Easter, and empathising with Our Lord. My song is love unknown My Saviour’s love to me Love to the loveless shown That they might lovely be. O who am I, that for my sake, My Lord should...

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God in history, by MP

You may remember my post a few weeks ago http://www.penelopewallace.com/the-bible-1900-years-on-questions-2/  in which I started wondering about looking for God's actions in post-Biblical history. My friend retired vicar Mike Payne responded instantly with some thoughtful comments that I think provide a very good place to start, and...

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The Bible, 1900 years on (Questions 2)

My mother, Ursula Hall, who was a historian, wrote about St Andrew and his somewhat tenuous connection to Scotland.  In an unpublished work she commented on the rapid spread of the Christian church in the decades after its founding.  “These [the apostles] were the men...

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The Archbishop’s gathering

  The meeting of the leaders of the various provinces of the Anglican Communion, which took place last week, has been very confusing to follow.  The confusion even extends to the name “Primates’ Meeting”, which is frankly not helpful for anyone with a normal sense of...

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The real difficulties – Questions 1

Hello, people. In my “mission statement” post on 1st Dec, I said that I wanted To help people, including myself, to stay Christians by honestly facing and exploring, from within the faith and before God, the real difficulties that many of us see when we sing modern...

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Santa Claus is coming to town

Once upon a time there was a bishop called Nicholas.  The legends about him say that he threw money in at a window to fill shoes of poor children.  And the great myth was born. Any country as dreich as Britain at this time of year...

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