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The Curiosity Index (03.05.2018)

The last man who knew everything A fascinating account of the incredibly prolific Sabine Baring-Gould. Well worth the 5-10 minutes it would take to read. Are You Addicted To Your Phone? (Take a Quiz to Find Out) I’m betting the answer is yes. Do not quench the spirit Sam Storms explains this thought-provoking phrase. Everything changes Simon Thomas explains his decision to walk away from a high-profile job in sports presenting to be a more present father. Well done. The Turkish Roots of Swedish Meatballs Meatballs are as Swedish as…

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How do I convince my three year old that Jesus was right?

In Acts 20:35 Paul reminds the church at Ephesus these words of Jesus, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Just take a moment to think about whether you believe that or not. How are you more blessed? Do you feel more blessed when you give? It can be easy if you have children, the few moments when they see a new present and delight fills their faces, it’s easy to see why giving can be so good. Ten minutes later when they’re bored with your gift, the…

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Not exactly Christ centred parenting yet

So the other day I was pushing my three-year old boy on the swings, it’s one of his favourite things, and he started singing about his Saviour’s love. This, I took to be a good thing and decided to delve a little bit deeper. ‘Who’s your Saviour, Noah?’ ‘Daddy?’ ‘No, try again’ ‘Mummy?’ ‘No. Who do we read about every night?’ ‘Oh, Goliath!’ ‘Not quite, try again’ ‘Pharaoh!’ ‘Again, not quite. Who makes things better?’ ‘Oh, Jesus!’ ‘Yes, that’s right.’¬†Sigh. So the sum total of my instruction so far is…

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Christian Living 

Jesus will help me

I am a convert. I was a very reluctant father but I just love it. A week ago my two-year old son gave me a sentence of great theology that I hope and pray he never ever forgets or stops believing. We were reading a Bible story and came to David and Goliath (we’re using this book) and we read this line from David. “‘I shall fight Goliath’ declared David boldly. ‘I dare because God will help me.’” Noah just started repeating ‘I dare, I dare, I dare’. All very…

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The family likeness

I promise this blog is not about to turn into a family album despite the fact that I’m now the doting father of a baby girl. However, I’d like to show you something… OK, it may be just me but do they look alike? Poor kids, the midwife said they looked liked me. My church decided that grumpy, wrinkly and purple is not a good look, for them or me! Anyway, the point is that they (at least I think so) carry the family likeness. The father should be able…

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Anna Grace Whittall

Today we give thanks to God for the safe arrival of Anna Grace Whittall. She made her entrance at 9.44am, weighing in at 7lbs 15oz. It is just amazing to think that God would choose to enter the world this way and begin life so helpless and so weak. Amazing to think that this little girl is made in the image of God and He already knows how many hairs are on her head (quite a few!). So, here is one more reason I have to give thanks to God.

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Thankfulness

Sometimes, every now and then, I spot themes in the blogs I read that connect with events in my life. It seems a small providence as God raises an issue above the blog line for me to spot, listen and respond to. It’s an opportunity not just to be interested but to genuinely learn from. The highlighted theme of the moment is thankfulness. First I read this story and then I came across this article about struggling with thankfulness in ministry and this comment struck home, “I think the problem…

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Take time to play

(This was written on Wednesday this week – but I had some technical challenges to overcome before posting) Today is a busy day as most days usually are. But today it is snowing. While most of the UK has had decent amounts of the white stuff Shrewsbury has been scratching around in tiny amounts of it. Today it is snowing. Today Noah gets up shouts ‘SNOWING’ followed by ‘Bosh’ and ‘Tray’. Translated it means ‘I want to go sliding and playing in the snow, daddy’. But today is a busy…

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