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Journey Into Life

Journey Into Life

John 20:18 says: Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Easter Sunday. The interface between a decaying earth and a new one. First contact with the world to come. We’ve had plenty of time and scriptural help to make sense of this, but for Mary Magdalene, the encounter with Jesus had nothing of this overlay. The moment was raw and strange.


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During The War, After The War

This is an existential crisis and it hurts each of us more than we like to admit. But honest ministry that connects with others begins from this place.

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Britain is reaching for a new identity.

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The Bubble first published Feb 2011

The Bubble
We live in a little personal bubble in the busyness of urban life and need God to pop it to see what he has in store for us outside

One advert that makes me smile is the cosmetics pitch to 'get the London look'. In this case the London look is Kate Moss after three hours in makeup. In my experience, the London look is a pasty and puffy white face, nicely set off by black bags around bloodshot eyes. There is another dimension to the London look too: the vacant look gaze which is fixed in the middle distance. It tells everyone around that they are not relevant because whatever is in your mind is not here but somewhere else. Mobiles, blackberries and the iPod touch -- among others -- enable us to keep our focus other than where we are, ensuring that those demands, which would have waited for us in the recent past, are now brought right into the present, squeezing our attention. It is like a perverse form of eschatology, where the future is brought into the present to transform our experience of it, only for the worse and not for the better.. - Read More

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