Category Archives: Perspectives of God

The Commercial Miracle of Lourdes

On a recent holiday to the South of France, on our way back from the Atlantic Coast near Spain, we called in at Lourdes. Although I had heard stories about pilgrims coming to take the miraculous waters with their much … Continue reading

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IS BISHOP TUTU PRODDING ANOTHER HORNET’S NEST?

The following is an excerpt from Bishop Desmond Tutu’s new book God is not a Christian: And Other Provocations, and this series of quotes and paraphrasing was originally presented as part of a talk given in Birmingham in 1989. As … Continue reading

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The Need for Church Authority?

Why are large churches needed when Jesus showed no interest in such structures? Jesus not only did not invite people to join a large church organisation, he specifically taught that in the small scale movements eg the mustard seed, two … Continue reading

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SAINT SATURNIS: CALLED TO MARTYRDOM OR THE LIFE OF A HAPPY VEGETABLE?

Is prayer all that is required of us? Holidays in exotic places leave some unexpected memories. This week my wife and I are visiting my oldest son’s family in Toulouse, in the South of France. This morning we did a … Continue reading

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A Place for Doubters in the Church

During the second World War in the US army it was initially difficult to convince soldiers that blood transfusions should be allowed between black soldiers and white soldiers. It seems that the notion of racial identity was deeply ingrained and … Continue reading

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No-one Comes to the Father Except By Me? Sermon Notes for Easter 5A

I have noticed that often when the subject of other faiths is brought up in conversation, if a conservative Christian is part of the conversation, sooner or later the verse “No-one comes to the Father except by me” is produced, almost … Continue reading

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21 May : Another failed prediction?

This month’s scare story is that the rapture will occur on 21 May. Dont get too frightened because according to Harold Camping who worked it out, it is only the rapture which occurs on that date. The desolate left behinders … Continue reading

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Invited Post on the Death of Osama bin Laden by Abhishek Solomon

Doubtless Bin Laden was a killer, a terrorist and a fundamentalist, and there are probably thousands more like him around the globe. But rightly or wrongly he was also a freedom fighter, a messiah figure, a revolutionary, and a political … Continue reading

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IN ANSWER TO AN ATTACK ON OUTDATED LAWS IN THE BIBLE (The Battle of the Bards)

Rebecca Rose in her poetry site mocks the morality of the bible seizing upon the outdated laws in Leviticus and similiar books.  She gives me permission to print her poem (the first part) which I follow with my answer.   If you … Continue reading

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EASTER IN RETROSPECT

The resurrection has always seemed to me as an event with potential rather than an event acomplished. Has Christ really risen for someone who lives their whole life unaware of the fact? If so why bother to tell anyone? If … Continue reading

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