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Posted 15 hours 50 min ago

"It's a blink and you miss it place but if you look hard enough you'll find this little gem..." So begins one review of this edifice, on TripAdvisor. I wonder whether anyone can identify it from this view of the entrance, taken from inside?

No, a little bit too difficult? Fair enough. Would it be of any help if I said that it was in Rhos-on-Sea?

Posted 21 hours 45 min ago

A Christian mayor has been driven from office in Ferryhill, County Durham. Mayors of others towns have described his beliefs on sexuality as ‘unacceptable’ and the local MP for Sedgefield, Phil Wilson, called for him to go saying “I don’t think there’s any room in modern politics for those kind of views”. 

Posted 1 day 22 hours ago

‘I exhort you, press on in your course, and exhort all men that they may be saved.’

-Polycarp

 

Posted 2 days 23 hours ago

I've prepared Sunday’s sermon on 1 Samuel 27. It’s one of those slightly awkward, ‘godless’ chapters of the Bible, in which the Lord neither speaks nor He is so much as mentioned. This is no accident; its human and divine authors knew exactly the point they were making. It begins with

And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will [a]despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand.”

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Posted 1 week 10 hours ago

I’ve just been looking at a book by Ray Comfort, entitled “Think On These Things”. Below the main title we read: “Wisdom For Life From Proverbs”. It’s one of those volumes that takes you through the year, a day, a page and a proverb at a time. On each page we find a topical title, the proverb for that day (Proverbs 10.1 through to Proverbs 22.7), a short meditation, a “Soul Search” question and, at the end, a brief prayer.

Posted 1 week 22 hours ago

Steve Chalke is the acceptable face of British Christianity. His good looks, perma-tan and silvery hair exude a confidence and charisma that is hard to resist. He’s eloquent and clever; a generation of Christian teens in the 1990s grew up on his trendy Youth Bibles. Last week, he officiated at the wedding of two lesbians. A few days later, he tweeted that ‘Research has established that churches and conservative Christians now present the single biggest barrier to #LGBT acceptance and equality in UK society’. Those wicked conservatives like me.