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Letters with a Gladsome mind

It always interests me why so much of the New Testament is made up of letters. Rather a sketchy basis for a serious new religion, isn’t it? Of course, some like “Hebrews” or “1 John” don’t read quite like letters; … Continue reading

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What happens when the Church prays?

It started with a miracle (Acts 3: 1-11). Something astonishing and inexplicable happened.  This guy was totally healed, and everyone started to ask questions. So Peter seized the opportunity to relate this new event to one that had happened a few … Continue reading

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Did Jesus roll his eyes?

George Carlin has a line: ““Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” I know, I know. It’s a little bit mean, but only in exact proportion to how true it … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus tell stories?

You can hardly overestimate the significance of the parables of Jesus. They are the heart and soul of his teaching and elaborate all the major themes of the Kingdom of God. A “parable” is just a short story teaching a … Continue reading

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Jesus asked questions!

Asking questions is a technique of comedians, teachers –and particularly philosophers- since the dawn of time. Socrates and Plato virtually made careers out of it. The right question is productive, positive and creative. We should ask more! We should realise … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Knockout Punch Line

“I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa.” Ba-boom. That was Rob Auton at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Here’s Alex Horne: “I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was … Continue reading

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Jesus the Song and Dance man

The “Song and Dance Man” was a much-loved aspect of Vaudeville and Musical Hall from, say,1840-1950, springing from an ancient root. Their Elizabethan counterparts provoke the somewhat derisive comment in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “What, dost thou make us minstrels? … Continue reading

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