Free to be different?

Circle of hands

Life can be transient. Continually moving, never settling. We may never even meet the people we interact with on a daily basis. Isolation and loneliness; they’re epidemics hidden behind busy Facebook profiles and Insta-smiles. The opening pages of the Bible reveal what it took years for professionals to figure out,…

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Does mercy trump justice?

Courtroom gavel

Guilty! Judgement passed. Sentence handed down. Justice done. There is a deep-seated satisfaction in knowing that the law has been upheld. The perpetrators have been caught and punished appropriately. Those that tried to cheat, deceive and malign have had their comeuppance. What could be more fitting than that? “I know…

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Are you taking sides?

Back to back

How gullible are you? I know you don’t, but some people will believe whatever you tell them. I remember when I was at school there was a phase where the “in” joke was to tell someone, “Hey, did you know they’ve just taken the word gullible out of the dictionary?”…

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Why I make promises I can’t keep (and what to do about it)

Broken Christmas Decoration

Promises. The world is littered with broken promises. Wild, unfounded promises. Sleazy-salesman’s promises. Solemn and sincere promises. Just-to-keep-you-quiet promises. Made-in-the-heat-of-the-moment promises. With each broken promise the sense of regret or resignation to the inveitable, “How could I have been so stupid?” or, “Did I really expect them to keep their…

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Marriage is for perfecting

In this series we will be looking at some of the basic principles of what makes marriage important from the Christian’s perspective. I will simply be considering some of the ancient wisdom that has stood the test of time and is found in the Biblical texts. Marriage is for perfecting…

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How do I know I can trust you?

Helicopter rescue

“Trust me!” The howling winds swallow the words as another wave pounds the rock to which the terrified swimmer clings. The winchman lowers the line, little by little; rescue is imminent. But the rock seem more secure, safer even, than the arms of a rescuer hanging precariously over the wild…

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Greater love has no one than this

What greater love is there than to love someone else’s life, to value it more highly than your own? Death, the ultimate sacrifice. Giving up your life for the service of Queen and country. This is the message of the Christian celebration of Easter. More than just a “celebration”, it…

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A better way than trading with your spouse

bank notes

Mankind has been trading since the beginning. It is a language we all understand. The rules are simple; give me what I want and in return I will give you something you want. The currency could be carrots, cash or cattle, but fail to deliver and I won’t pay you.…

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