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Three types of ministry

Many years ago I heard someone give a word about attitudes to ministry which made an impression on me at the time and has stayed with me ever since. The essence of this word was that there are basically three

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What is effective prayer?

James reminds us that, “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”, but I have to confess that I much prefer the way the translators of the King James Bible put it, “The effectual fervent prayer of a

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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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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)

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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

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