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Defy the Culture by refusing to get angry

Jesus was the archetypal Culture-Defier. He taught creative ways  to swim against the tide of the prevailing worldview. In a culture of fear, suspicion and prejudice, he taught (and lived out) confident love, empathy and kindness. And where people felt … Continue reading

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Tenderhearted (Eph 4)

There’s an interesting addition in Ephesians 4:32. It’s an adjective: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted…” We may easily gloss over it without really reflecting on its importance. Here’s the thing: it’s quite possible to be professionally kind,  calm cool … Continue reading

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Making the Mosaic (Eph 4)

A Practical Instruction Imagine, if you will, that Ephesians 4  is a practical instruction given to all the churches in one town as a way of understanding just how they might work together. And then consider that that might be pretty … Continue reading

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Mark us with Grace! (Psalm 67)

“God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile! … God! Let people thank and enjoy you.“ This is Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Psalm 67:1. It captures that essential happiness with which the psalm glows.  We have a painting on our wall by the large … Continue reading

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“Love keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13)

  Do you remember the days of gramophones and those smooth circles of black vinyl, each inscribed with its tiny modulated spiral groove? I had a large collection of them, spreading across my teenage shelves. LPs. Long Players. My pride and joy. … Continue reading

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Love God with your Mind

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world,  but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) What is “the renewing of your mind”? According to this verse, a Christian mind is something different to the “pattern of … Continue reading

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“I do not permit a woman to teach…”? (1)

A friend of mine wrote asking that if I held that there was a real equality of gender, race and rank in the church (according to Galatians 3:28), then how could I explain 1 Timothy 2:12? Here it is: “ I do not permit … Continue reading

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