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"Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys."

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Another beautiful newly married celebrity couple are ‘expecting’ their first child. They’ve taken to social media to announce it, and the world greets the news with rapture. Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black are seen holding up a scan from someone’s womb. Presumably, the baby shown will belong to them when it has been born 

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At last week’s Bible study, we went back to basics. We considered the basic terms used to describe salvation. Whilst preparing, I truly wondered if this would be the shortest study we’ve ever done, but we finished at the usual time having had a worthwhile and profitable discussion. 

Salvation

Definition: from the Latin salvatus, to save; to make whole or complete again.

The Christian is saved from God’s wrath and saved for eternal life and communion with God.

 

Redemption

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I was interested to read in this week’s Clitheroe Advertiser and Times a full page feature about local Anglican clergyman, the Rev. Canon Dr Peter Shepherd. He has written a book entitled Questioning the Incarnation: Formulating a Meaningful Christology. The tome is not published until the end of March, and at £24.99 and over 500 pages, I’ll be neither purchasing nor reading it anytime soon. Nevertheless, I’ve had a sneak preview. The author admits

“I have never been able to accept…that Jesus was the child of a miraculous, interventionist conception’.

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I enjoy archaeological sites, especially Roman ones. As they built in stone, there’s generally more to see than at the sites belonging to other peoples. In 2016-17 alone, I visited Rome, Ostia, Naples, Pompeii, Herculaeum, Jerusalem, Masada, and most of the forts along Hadrian’s Wall. Yesterday I re-visited the sites at Ribchester here in Lancashire. One thing that almost all Roman archaeological museums contain are…well, it’s a little embarrassing to write such things on a church blog. How can I put this? Phalluses; representations of the male reproductive organ.

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Last week, an envelope containing money was left for me in the Sunday morning offering. It was anonymous, and the envelope made it clear it was for me personally. I was very grateful for this person’s kindness, though I intend not to divest myself of the sum in case they ask for it back or demand some favour I cannot give. It was, however, providential in its timing. Last week, I came close to losing my job, and I wondered how I would pay my bills in such an event.

“I will provide for you”, said the Lord through this anonymous person.

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Afflictions, like spears and pikes, make a terrible show when they cannot reach us; but the temptations of prosperity, like unseen bullets, wound and kill us before they are discerned.

George Downame