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Posted 1 hour 28 min ago

Let no one doubt the power of the wind. Trees felled, towns battered, woodlands bereft of leaves and branches. Yesterday, even the sun was obscured, as the hurricane blew over a blanket of Saharan dust, turning our star orange and our skies a dull red.  

Posted 1 day 1 hour ago

The rich, vocal tones of Jonny Cash have this week been heard in my home. One of my favourites is Angel Band. The words are rather lovely, and talk about angels carrying home the weary Christian to heaven at life’s end. Here they are:

My latest sun is sinking fast,

My race is nearly run;

My strongest trials now are past,

My triumph is begun. 



Oh, come, Angel Band,

Come and around me stand;

Oh, bear me away on your snowy wings

To my eternal home;

Posted 2 days 9 hours ago

Posted 2 days 19 hours ago

Around twenty of us attended a performance of Luv Esther, written by Ray Goudie and Murray Watts, at Clitheroe’s The Grand, last night. I thought it was a stunningly good show, despite sitting two rows behind the world’s tallest man. A musical, it made superb use of video and lighting, and the songs alternated between rock, pop and rap.

Posted 4 days 1 hour ago

The Bible is a remarkable fountain: the more one draws and drinks of it, the more it stimulates thirst.

Posted 4 days 1 hour ago

A pastor described to me a Churches Together meeting he attended a while back. He was explaining to the group how his church was reaching out and wished to present the gospel that more people might be converted to Christ.

Before he had finished, the local archdeacon asked if could ask a question of everyone else in the room: ‘Who else here is uncomfortable talking about ‘converting’ people’? Over half the hands went up.

The pastor did not attend another meeting.

Posted 5 days 1 hour ago

A simple layman armed with Scripture is greater than the mightiest pope without it.

Posted 5 days 1 hour ago

This month, Vodafone increased my weekly mobile cost from £9 per month to £15. I duly contacted them and explained I would take my custom elsewhere. I received a number of texts saying how sorry they were that I was leaving: had they done something wrong? Is there anything they could do to put things right? Finally, they sent another text saying I could have the same package for £7 per month, because I was a ‘loyal customer’ (even though I’d declared my intention to shop elsewhere).

Posted 5 days 15 hours ago

When Satan tells me I am a sinner he comforts me immeasurably, since Christ died for sinners.