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Posted 19 hours 14 min ago

On Good Friday, a few of us were handing out leaflets when a gentleman approached me. He was very keen to tell me about his Christian radio station based in Pendle. He returned a little later with a stash of leaflets. I duly attempted to tune in to  the Jim Rose Show. I pressed a button that read ‘Listen Live Now!’ but I got nothing to work. Was my sound not on? Had I not pressed the button enough times? Had I mis-read the programme schedule? Who knows, but I got no local Christian radio. I hope others prove savvier than I. 

Posted 1 day 18 hours ago

Regular readers will know my love of ancient earthworks. The one pictured is of a Bronze Age barrow, an elongated burial chamber overlooking Torrisholme, near Morecambe. It commands excellent views of the bay and surrounding hills. Although modern housing encroaches on its slopes, its original prominence can still be appreciated.

Posted 2 days 9 hours ago

I’ve been invited to attend a course. The advert arrived in my work inbox:

This course will show you how to prevent many ‘difficult' behaviours as well as a wealth of techniques to deal with those which arise regardless of your attempts to prevent them. It offers ways of managing and coping with the following ‘range of behaviours’:

-  Aggressive people – the verbal bully/intimidating person

-  The extra-terrestrial (the person from another planet)

-  The victim – the person who believes that you are plotting against them

Posted 3 days 11 hours ago

First it was “Farewell To Storyville”; now it's “The Future”, Leonard Cohen’s dark, dystopian vision of things to come, that is going round and round in my head. I won’t quote it in its entirety: it might be too much for some sensitive souls. I’ll just give you the refrain.

Posted 3 days 15 hours ago

By watching today's royal wedding, I'm going against my principles. No, I'm not some stoney-faced republican objecting to having a royal family. Quite the opposite. The principle against which I trespass is one of not sitting indoors on a sunny Saturday watching television. Sadly, I had neither the time nor money to attend Windsor in person (the town, that is; I was never likely to be considered for an invitation). Watch it, however, I shall. You see, it reminds me of another wedding, one to which I am invited. It too will take place in the sunlight, watched by a countless multitude.

Posted 4 days 18 hours ago

It was 1998, and I was a worshipper at the large Pentecostal church in Leeds. I was taught, and believed, that each Christian was to entitled receive a ‘second blessing’, a baptism in the Holy Spirit. A number of people prayed for me, and kept on praying, urging me to speak in tongues. Despite seeking it, nothing of that sort happened, but I did have an experience that brought me closer to the Lord, temporarily.

Posted 6 days 19 hours ago

For 2017-18, Salem Chapel has made the following donations from its annual tithe in April 2018:


Faith Mission: £500

Lancashire Festival of Light: £343

Yorkshire Camps: £343

Open Doors: £343

Craven Schools Partnership: £343

Ribble Valley Citizens’ Advice Bureau: £343

Posted 1 week 18 hours ago

Despite, or perhaps because of Tim Farron’s sulky absence from the Convention, it was a success. Holy Trinity Church at Platt was a great venue, even if getting there involved navigating the labyrinthine Mancunian road system.

Posted 1 week 1 day ago

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lewis’ fifth Narnia book, is a delightful tale, perhaps more aimed at children than some of the others. Lucy and Edmund, along with their irritating cousin Eustace, are sucked back into Narnia. King Caspian is on a mission to retrieve the seven lost Narnian lords, and various adventures and incidents ensue. Although the book is from the fifties, Eustace’s upbringing sounds incredibly contemporary among middle class liberals: