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Passover tour of Jerusalem

This year, Jewish Passover and Christian Easter coincide almost exactly. This evening, Jews (and some Christians) will celebrate the Passover Seder, the remembrance of Israel’s exodus from Egypt. Tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, Christians will remember Jesus’ own celebration of Passover with His disciples and His subsequent arrest and trial. The events

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Covid-19. How to pray?

‘The effective prayer of a righteous man avails much’ (James 5:16). Covid-19 and the response to it are profoundly impacting the lives of all, both rural and urban, and, more than ever, prayer must be our first resort. Below, I offer some ways to pray in the current crisis. As

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Exile and hope

In the Lord I put my trust; how can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain”? For look! The wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may shoot secretly at the upright in heart. If the foundations are

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Strengthening church

Below is an article that was originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of Village Link, itself based on my opening address at our 2018 Annual Conference. Strengthening ‘Strengthen’ occurs about twenty times in the NT, translating Greek words, with meanings of ‘supporting’, ‘upholding’, ‘making more firm’, ‘straightening out’ and

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Preparing for the earthquake

In October 2016, a violent earthquake struck central Italy destroying the medieval basilica of St Benedict in Norcia, the town closest to the epicentre. This was the fourth time in three months earthquakes had hit central Italy. Norcia (formerly Nursia) was the home town of St Benedict, the 6th Century

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The Benedict Option

Why opt for the Benedict option?

In an earlier post, I introduced and commended the The Benedict Option by American author, Rod Dreher. The book was published in 2017 and quickly became a best seller – and the focus of much debate and controversy among Christians of all persuasions. A while after its publication, Christian Today

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