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Articles on Church Unity

I like to think of God’s people as one church worshipping differently in many buildings, and I long for the churches in my town to co-ordinate and partner together more in serving our community.

My eye was drawn to a few recent articles published in the Evangelical Alliance magazine, Idea, which I thought it worth sharing (links below):

Should we all go to one Church? by Amaris Cole
. . . if we’re aiming for unity as evangelicals, is it a problem that we are split down denominational lines? Shouldn’t we all go to one Church?

The Protestant Reformation and the effect on unity, by David Hilborn
. . . with divergent understanding of scripture, does this merit breaking fellowship, or merely “agreeing to disagree agreeably” within the context of continuing fellowship?

Does Unity Mean Conformity, by Dr Tani Omideyi
. . . most biblical references to ‘conformity’ are negative, often warning against surrendering to worldly norms, but . . .

Fortune and Glory . . .

More Than Dreamt Of

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“It’s not the greatest line Doug – where did you say are?”

“In Madya Pradesh, India . . . stopping over in Burhanpur.”

Jay’s mind raced through his mind’s comprehensive personal encyclopaedia and atlas, and filled in his own mental jigsaw, Douglas’s own voice ghosting in from the past “Fortune and glory, Jay . . . fortune and glory.”

“On the Tapi river? You’re still on the Solomon thing? Treasure hunting, Douglas – really, isn’t that a little too Hollywood, even for you? So are you chasing the fabled Red Sea-Ophiri trade route up towards the ancient gold mines, or heading for the sites of the diamond mines near Datia? And why call me, have you found some old sandalwood or kurusha you want me to analyse for you?

“Actually, I’m just out here to see Ana . . . but what was that you just said about Solomon…

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BBC News: Are Christian converts seeking asylum getting a raw deal?

Are Christian converts seeking asylum getting a raw deal?

‘Asylum claims from people who have converted to Christianity are being rejected because officials are testing them on Bible trivia.
A report says the Home Office is ignoring its own guidelines on how to assess cases, meaning that genuinely persecuted Christians are being let down.’
(Dominic Casciani reports)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36430880

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34268332

Blogospheric Blessings Abound!!!

Thank You

As anyone who may have read today’s earlier posts on this blog might guess, today has not been a good day. Today has been a bad day in a bad week, in a series of bad weeks, that stretch back a long way . . .

As I began my hour-plus journey home from work on the train I was fortunate enough to get a seat, and settled down to catch up on what the blogging community has had to say today. That hour gave me such a lift as recurring themes cropped up in different posts: messages of hope and encouragement; little triggers to the imagination; possible hints at answers to searching prayers.

The links below are a selection of the pieces that spoke straight to my heart, put a smile back on my face, and made me so so grateful for the ways in which God can minister to his children through the blessing of others, regardless of timezones.

If you get time to check the links, please do, and I hope you will be as blessed as I have been today.

A Passionate Writer – ‘Dream on Dreamer’

The Darkest Fairytale – ‘Stand Tall . . .’

Daddy Blitz – ‘The Well-Worn Bone Guitar’

Real as the Streets – ‘(One Too Many)’ by Sayl

christianfictionwritersblog – ‘. . . A Hobby Can Be a Job’

Pure Glory – ‘Your Future not Dependent on the Past’

NewLifePHChurch – ‘Hanging On in Difficult Times’

PrayeWriteGrow – ‘I Know . . .’

No Greater Love for You – ‘You Are Never Too Far Gone’

Susie Stewart – ‘He Hasn’t Left’

Thank you all of the above, and thank you to God above.

Reblog: ‘I Will Exalt’

If you haven’t come across Pete’s writing since he started blogging last month, can I recommend you check out ‘Peter Gardner Psalms’ – the work of a gifted wordsmith who faithfully proclaims the good news of Jesus.

The Psalmist

I will exalt the name of Jesus
Tell of His wondrous love for me
How He left His home in heaven
To come and die for me

I will exalt the name of Jesus
Tell how His grace has set me free
He rose up from the borrowed tomb
So I could live eternally

He’s the Lord of my life
The light of my soul
My rock and fortress strong
He’s the joy of my heart
The peace of my mind
He’s my hope and the coming King

I will worship Him forever
And devote my life to Him
For He has purchased my salvation
And has come to live within

I will worship Him forever
For His grace has pardoned me
His mercy wipes away my sin
And now I am set free

He’s the Lord of my life
The light of my soul
My rock and fortress strong

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Sir Nicholas Winton – “The British Schindler”

A memorial service has been held today for Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued hundreds of children from the Holocaust in the months before World War Two.

Some 28 of those he saved as children were among 400 people who attended the event at London’s Guildhall, along with Czech, Slovak and UK government representatives.

Sir Nicholas organised the “Kindertransport” in which 669 mostly Jewish children came to Britain by train from Czechoslovakia in 1939.

He died on 1 July last year, aged 106.

Faith Unlocked

Please read and watch – I defy you to not shed a tear.

Sir Nicholas George Winton, MBE is a British humanitarian who organised the rescue of 669, mostly Jewish, children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The UK press has dubbed him the “British Schindler”. On 28 October 2014 he was awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion, by Czech President Miloš Zeman.

Nicholas Winton was born on 19 May 1909 in Hampstead, London, a son of German Jewish parents who had moved to London two years earlier. The family name was Wertheim, but they changed it to Winton in an effort at integration. They also converted to Christianity, and Winton was baptised.

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Looking Back on a Global Month of Poetry

April 2016’s National/Global Poetry Writing month challenge was . . . well just that. I am grateful for the prompts and for the nudges towards trying different forms and styles of poetry.

My personal highlights were:

The Psalmists Say, which took a line or verse from each of the first fifty Psalms, and re-combined them to form a new text.

Purple Majesty, which took its inspiration from a potato.

Triune, which saw me attempting to write in Tritina form, and eventually succeeding in two alternative ways.

Betrayal, which I hope may have connected with readers even before the biblical reference in the last line

Verbiage, which used vocabulary I may never have reason to call on ever again.

and finally . . .

Multa Paucis, which combined Latin sayings. The title means, ‘saying much in a few words’, which pretty much sums up my approach to writing poetry.

Thank you to Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington DC, USA, who is responsible for the Na/GloPoWriMo event.