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The eleventh hour

Just over six years ago, I was praying in a garden in Italy one morning and the phrase, ‘it’s the eleventh hour’, came quite suddenly to me. It is not often that I get a strong impression that the Lord is saying something, but this was one of them. My

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Little Gidding (1)

Today, the Church of England commemorates the life of Nicholas Ferrar (1592-1637) as a ‘minor festival’. Nicholas Ferrar was a scholar and businessman, briefly an MP, and a deacon in the Church of England. He was a close friend of the poet and hymn writer, George Herbert. In 1626, having

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The way of blessing

Last year, a friend introduced me to the Via Beata, the ‘way of blessing’. The Via Beata is a new pilgrim trail from Lowestoft to St David’s – the easternmost and westernmost points of Great Britain. The trail is interspersed with way-stations, consisting of biblically themed sculptures, sometimes inside wooden

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Support & release or command & control?

“Remember that your position does not give you the right to command. It only lays upon you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated.” (Dag Hammarskjold) One of the central burdens of my Covid-19 prayer guide was to recognise the way

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Pastor Sam’s ‘lockdown assemblies’. 3 – Change is possible

Image: Sweet Publishing / FreeBibleimages.org.   Unable to visit his local school and lead assemblies, Pastor Sam Brinkley, a close associate of Village Hope, is offering ‘lockdown assemblies’ online for the children to watch at home. The first was the story of Gideon. The second – ‘Valuable interruptions’. Here is

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