Praying for COP 26

We all know, we’ve known for months, that something called COP26 is happening in November in Glasgow. (The Pre-COP conference is happening NOW in Milan.) How much more do we know? Until writing this post I didn’t even know what COP stands for ("Conference of the...

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Repentance

I have been thinking lately about repentance. It has surprised me considerably that during this last year’s seemingly endless stream of new horrors, there have been few calls – to my knowledge – for us all to repent to save ourselves from divine wrath, even from...

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Morality and the Patriarchs

My Scripture Union Bible reading notes have recently been taking me through the life of the patriarch Jacob. If you don’t know this fascinating story, read Genesis chapters 25-35… or just look him up on Wikipedia. (Previous readers of the blog will know about my...

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The Prophet Ezekiel and Women

(Apologies to those who tuned in hoping for Children's Literature Part Two: that's next time. This week we're back to the Bible.) A while ago (here: https://www.penelopewallace.com/why-i-get-annoyed-by-the-thirty-third-chapter-of-jeremiah/) I posted a little rant about the apparently unfulfilled prophecies in the prophet Jeremiah. Now it’s the turn of...

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Next Friday

A little while ago, I was at a funeral, and one of the hymns chosen was “The day Thou gavest, Lord, has ended” (words by John Ellerton, 1826-93.)  I thought: yes, that does sound from the first line like a suitable funeral hymn, but it...

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Not a ruin

(I thought I'd leave the election until later - and then I thought I couldn't bear not to rant today - and then I thought again. So you will get my doubtless unoriginal musings on the election at some point, but not till after Christmas.) My...

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