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A Sign of God’s Creation

Cultures around the world have long viewed the shortest day of the year, December 21 or 22 (in the northern hemisphere) as a day for special ceremony and celebration. As the Christmas season—filled with the trappings of modern materialism cloaking ancient paganism—recedes into our memories, it is easy to have a negative view of the “winter solstice season” now behind us.

  Originally Published: 31st January 2012

Isaiah in 2012?

The Bible can seem like an ancient book, full of “thees” and “thous”. It can seem confusing, with dragons, and dreams, and lots of things that “theology experts” argue about. But when we actually read what the Bible says, its often more relevant to our modern society than we might think.

Patience... mercy... longsuffering... forgiveness

These are hard words. They're easy to say, and easy to ask for, but much harder to give—at least sometimes. I'm convinced that, much of the time, I'm just about the most easy-going person in the world. At least, I feel like the most easy-going person I know. But other times...

  Originally Published: 10th February 2009

The richness of growing old

Last week, I spent an afternoon with a gentleman in our local congregation who had just returned home after three days in the hospital.  He's home now, and doing better. At 106 years of age, he has maintained a tenacious hold on life. 

Sports, kids and life

As summer ends and school begins, many parents take a deep breath, close their eyes, and take the plunge into the next hectic chapter of life.

  Originally Published: 12th September 2006