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The Apostle Paul on posting comments

There are few things more pointless in life than the majority of discussions on the Internet. All too often it becomes an exercise in not listening, talking past each other at best; angry insults and bitterness or just plain trolling at its worst. So when you have some time to fill and you’ve read a blog post that you’re tempted to engage with, just remind yourself of the advice of the Apostle Paul whose words were created for the Internet age roughly 2000 years ago Remind your people of this, and…

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Reasons to be thankful

I’ve been thinking a little bit more about why being thankful is so important and that without it we will inevitably suffer and struggle, we will remain immature. Saying ‘thank you’ to another person is a habit that needs teaching, we’ve been doing that with our two year old son, so that when he receives something he says ‘thank you’. It’s all a bit cutesy but the reasons go much deeper than civility and good manners. There are lessons and disciplines we need to bring into our relationship with God.…

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The reward of kindness

On Christmas Day, with some kind friends from around the churches in town, we hosted a Christmas dinner for people who would for a variety of reasons be on their own. In the end there were about 100 of us from aged 1 to 96! Today I received this kind letter. It’s ample reward for a day I thoroughly enjoyed, celebrating the birth of Christ (in what is for me a more appropriate manner). Here’s the main body of the letter: “I felt I wanted to write and say many…

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Adbusting: Absolut Vodka

A world without money is an attractive idea, one replaced by kindness is even better. In fact the kindness idea is at the heart of Christian ethics in how we treat and do business with one another. Only this rendering of it hasn’t been imagined by a church but by a vodka company. What’s going on? Not only that but it’s the Vodka company that are putting that into action (well for a week anyway) It’s a Vodka company that says, “In An ABSOLUT World, purses, wallets and jingling pocketfuls…

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Highly Religious are more helpful

“Gallup Polls conducted in more than 140 countries worldwide between 2006 and 2008 show that those whose responses identify them as highly religious are more likely than less religious respondents to report that they have engaged in each of three “helping behaviours” in the past month. In all four major global regions, for example, highly religious people are more likely than those who report being less religious to report having donated money to a charity in that time.” Here for the whole report

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Johnny the Bagger

During my talk last Sunday on following the call to love God and love people, I talked about how it takes us out to people, it makes us GO, it propels us forward and out of our comfort zones. At the end I read a story from John Ortberg’s latest book ‘When the Game is Over it all goes back in the box’ about Johnny the Bagger. Kindness goes a long way…anyway it seems words have been turned into pictures

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