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Posted 7 hours 41 min ago

As is often remarked, this not so much an Age Of Enlightenment as an Age Of Entitlement, in which all the world and his wife think that the rest of the world owes them a living and that there are many and various benefits that are theirs by right. And, if you don’t get what you want, complain about it, mobilise the social media, fret and fuss and groan and grumble until your just demands are met.

Posted 15 hours 38 min ago

Posted 2 days 13 hours ago

And so it begins. I’ve seen my first Christmas tree displayed in a Burnley bay window. Last night, the Barnoldswick Christmas lights were switched on, accompanied by marching bands and people brandishing glow-lights (see picture). My heart groans as Christmas, that perennial expense and emotional rollercoaster, arrives sooner and sooner each year.

Posted 3 days 12 hours ago

After all I’ve read and written about from John Ritchie and R. A. Torrey (see Blog Archives), not only am I convinced that I need a plan, but I also believe that this plan needs to be put into effect as soon as possible. To that end, I’m going to be using two new books, my bible, and a piece of paper.

Posted 3 days 13 hours ago

‘This weekend will be LIFE CHANGING!’ Wow. Capitals and in bold. 

Quick. Get down to London. American evangelist and host, Daniel Kolenda, is leading the Fire Conference 2017 tonight, organised by Christ for all Nations 

Posted 4 days 14 hours ago

In October 1976, Blue Peter ran a piece of the mobile telephone. Its presenters, with their plummy voices, even conduct an experiment to convince their sceptical viewers that telephones can indeed operate without wires. Forty years later, and most of us have mobiles which are far more powerful than any computer back then.

Posted 5 days 16 hours ago

Our chapel is in the township of Rimington but a number of our members, the writer included, travel from neighbouring Barnoldswick. We all get on rather well. There was previously trouble between the two manors. Henry Pudsay (1451 – 1521), ‘lord of Rymyngton’ fell out with the Barlickers. A petition to Henry VII complained that:

Posted 6 days 11 hours ago

I’m a fan of historical fiction, especially murder mysteries. Both genres, especially the latter, are considered rather low-brow, but I thoroughly enjoy them. Now I’m no novelist, but I've read enough to know that a writer must present a hero in such a way that the reader is able to sympathise, if not identity with him. Three successful fictional characters are C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake, Paul Doherty’s Sir Hugh Corbett and Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael.