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Covid-19. A door of hope?

The article below was first published April 2020 in the Spring 2020 issue of Village Link, in the early days of  the Covid pandemic; its summarises many of the themes I have explored in greater depth in other articles. With the ‘second-wave’ of the pandemic well underway and as England

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Covid 19. In your patience, possess your souls

As the ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 intensifies, nearly one quarter of the UK’s population is back under lockdown and much of the rest of the country is threatened with it. So far, rural areas are less affected, but everywhere is seeing the loss of jobs and businesses. For all of

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Covid-19. ‘In the wilderness, a door of hope.’

Hosea and Gomer, Amiens Cathedral Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her.  I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope. (Hosea 2:14-15) And I will bring you into the wilderness

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Covid-19. Meeting places & sacred spaces.

  In my recent articles, ‘the matrix uploaded’ and ‘locked down, but not locked out’, I commented on our current ‘exile’ in cyberspace and cyberchurch, and urged caution, or at least some thoughtful reflection, as regards our relationship with the Internet and social media. However, our current exclusion from our

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Covid-19. Locked down, but not locked out?

  As I and many others have observed, Covid-19 lockdown has done what two world wars, the plague of 1665 and the Black Death failed to do, namely, locked us out of our church buildings. But churches have been quick to ‘reinvent themselves’. In a matter of weeks, church has

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Covid-19. Hidden agenda & conspiracy theories

Following comments in the article, ‘Covid-19. What are the ‘prophets’ saying?‘, here are some further reflections on ‘hidden agenda and conspiracy theories’. As I pointed out in that article, allegations, theories and ‘exposés’ of conspiracies are by no means an exclusively Christian phenomenon. But Christian commentators and ‘prophets’ are among

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