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Posted 20 hours 31 min ago

I’m to receive a tax refund! Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has emailed me to say I’m eligible for a payment of £344.93! All they need is my credit or debit card details. It looks very efficient to me- there’s a Transaction Confirmation Numberm an ID Number and an Issuing Number. I don’t know what any of these mean, but what does it matter? So long as I click on the link and give them my details, I’m 300 quid better off. Here’s the message:


Posted 1 day 7 hours ago

Grace and glory differ very little; the one is the seed, the other is the flower; grace is glory militant, glory is grace triumphant.

—Thomas Brooks 

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Last week I met the Chief Whip. To the uninformed or those from foreign lands, this sounds like some disciplinary equipment from a former age. In fact, it is a senior post within the British Government whose occupant officially resides at Number 9, Downing Street. The government consists of the party in the Commons which can outvote all the others. But what if MPs vote according to their own beliefs rather than the wishes of the Prime Minister? The Chief Whip, along with his team of Whips, is tasked with persuading backbenchers to tow the party line. He is the Prime Minister’s ‘enforcer’.

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It will be my pleasure this morning to welcome into fellowship three new church members. I recall, as a teenager, arguing with my pastor and youth leader about membership, impetuously demanding to know which chapter and verse said Christians should ‘become members’. Of course, no such verse exists. So why do we make people members?

Posted 1 week 1 day ago

I had a wander about Blackburn last week. The town stank of spiritual death.

I came across a new building belonging to the Spiritualist Church. This organisation claims to contact spirits of the dead. I believe it communes instead with evil spirits. The place reeks of spiritual death.