THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH
personal observations on life and faith



This Month's Article

Pen Pal

Pen Pal

What kind of letter would Jesus write to you today?
Every year throws up new phrases by which we can remember it. 2016 was no exception and one contender for the best phrase is ‘fake news’. In a sense, there is nothing new about fake news, it’s just a media story that isn’t true and that happens a lot. But in the same way that post-truth said something deeper about lying – that it no longer matters that you’re lying, the only thing is getting away with it

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Every Word You Say

How do we live with a sense of God's endless presence?
One of the interminable series of 80s nostalgia trips on TV recently nominated Every Breath you Take by the Police

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Unhinged Ministry

We may dislike ourselves and feel useless, but this does not mean we are fruitless in the work of God.
If every book of the Bible were a website, Jeremiah would receive fewer hits than most

Messy Prayer

Messy Prayer

True intercession is like a couple of musicians playing off one another until a new sound is made and a new song can be sung

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Smug Media

Smug Media

Has there ever been another time when more people have wanted to be someone else? You have to hand it to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

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How Do We Distinguish The Word Of God In The Words Of Others?

How Do We Distinguish The Word Of God In The Words Of Others?

Adding God's name to a word of guidance can make it difficult to assess unless we have the tools ..

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 The Dehydrated Church

The Dehydrated Church

Is it possible that the church has lost too much water and is suffering from the symptoms? One day a few years ago I conducted a whistle-stop guided ....

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Signalling Virtue

Signalling Virtue

The brighter a light shines, the less likely people will want to look at the source and the more at what it truly illuminates

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Day Of The Demagogue

Day Of The Demagogue

Distinguishing cries of anguish from shouts of hate is vital for the health of democracy. The rise of populism is on everyone’s lips, but what exactly do we ....

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Controlling Behaviour

Controlling Behaviour

Rapid changes to the world make us insecure and less likely to let go of our grip to let God take a hold.

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How Not To Be A Control Freak

How Not To Be A Control Freak

Weaving the advice of others into something wise is a skill too many leaders lack as they succumb to ....

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Standing Target

Standing Target

Sometimes the most ridiculous strategies in life turn out right

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No Place To Hide

No Place To Hide

God must work through people who possess a potent combination of free agency and moral weakness. The outcomes are sometimes unsettlingly messy.

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The Dynamic We Cannot Do Without

The Dynamic We Cannot Do Without

Death and resurrection can be difficult truths to hold together,

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The New Landscape Of Leadership

The New Landscape Of Leadership

An ability to see what others cannot see and the skill to deal with it is the unenviable person spec for ....

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Day Seven

Day Seven

Day Seven
When God calls us to rest, he shows us what he can do while we sit back

You shall carry out an audit. If one commandment were to be added to the ten by our generation, this one would have some claim to pre-eminence. More aspects of our common life are being audited than ever before. We want to make sure things are working, that people are conducting their jobs properly and that service users are getting value for money. Yet our attention is selective and partial. The audit trail reflects prevailing ideologies and rarely encompasses aspects of our lives where the outcome might challenge those very beliefs.

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The generosity which inspired July 13, 1985 is still present in the British public ....

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Debating Immigration

What are the values we should hold to in tackling today's big policy question?

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Are We In A Muddle Over Our Discipleship?

Have we become so protective of personal autonomy in following Christ that we no longer submit to external discipline?

Is Willpower Enough To Win?
Is Willpower Enough To Win?

There are risks in suggesting that success in our chosen field is merely a function of wanting it more than the next person.