Category Archives: Contemporism

ROLL-CALL: Thomas Merton

      Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was an American Trappist monk, poet, author, social activist and pioneer of interfaith understanding  You can read an account of his life here but it was the strange manner of his death (stepping out of … Continue reading

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ROLL-CALL: Bill Johnson

  Hebrews 11 has been called the “Roll-call of Faith.” The writer takes a whistle-stop tour through the Old Testament, pointing out some of the truly amazing people in Jewish history who exemplified what faith in God really looked like. … Continue reading

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Eye-witnesses

I wonder how you remember things? Some things seem lodged in my brain, crystal clear and pristine. Others, …uh, less so. Recently, I recounted a very early memory to my brother -an event that we had both witnessed- only to … Continue reading

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“The size of your roof…”

Having finished  reading an article on (basically) developing a positive attitude to life, I was intrigued to read, in the credits, the author (Nataly Kogan) described as “Chief Happiness Officer” of a company. Now there’s a job, for which I … Continue reading

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“We being many, are one body…”

In Romans 12, Paul works on the idea of the church being like a human body, with different parts functioning together to create one harmonious whole. Here’s a snippet: “For by the grace given me I say to every one … Continue reading

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“Repent and Believe…”

The word “Repent” has a claim to being one of those words that changed the world. It was on seeing the difference between the Latin Penitentia and the Greek Metanoia that Martin Luther came to faith. The Latin had come … Continue reading

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“Do everything without complaining…”

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” In his classic book, Games People Play, psychiatrist Eric Berne  said that one of the most frequent  of  human pastimes is a game he called, … Continue reading

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