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Exile and hope

This article appears in the most recent issue of Village Link. To subscribe to Village Link and read the other articles in this issue and receive future issues, please contact us. In the Lord I put my trust; how can

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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

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Food, land, people, and the road to Emmaus

The Harvest Festival season is almost over, but not too late to offer some reflections on the meaning of harvest. Below is, therefore, a transcript of a harvest thanksgiving address I gave at Worcester Cathedral three years ago.   Address

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The fragility of our walk

Fragile – not a word that appears in the Bible, nor one that we tend to think of as a desirable trait, yet I have heard two people use it recently to describe the Church in the countryside.  I suppose

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The confirming power of God

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he was at pains to remind them that “I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a

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The Benedict Option

The ‘Benedict Option’ is an idea, a book and a movement, which has attracted great interest in the USA, and beyond, in the last couple of years. It is the brainchild of Rod Dreher, an American journalist and author Much of

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