Monthly Archives: November 2015

Transferring rights and privileges

Robert Louis Stevenson once gave a rather odd gift to a friend’s daughter, Annie, who had the misfortune to have been born on Christmas, and every Christmas complained that she never got to have her own birthday party. So Robert … Continue reading

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Intrusions of Peace

A regular feature in many church services is what is called ‘the passing of the peace’ when people are invited to turn to others and say: ‘Peace be with you.’ Friends leave their pews to greet one another and newcomers … Continue reading

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Unhappier, despite being richer

In his book, ‘Britain on the Couch: Why we are unhappier Compared with Nineteen Fifty, Despite Being Richer,’ psychologist Oliver James points out that considerably more people today suffer from depression than fifty years ago and that depression is now … Continue reading

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Don’t people say grace in this place?

Celeste Sibley got an insight into the effect of childlike faith when she took her children to a diner for breakfast. It was crowded and her eight-year-old daughter Mary had to sit alone at the far end of the counter. … Continue reading

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Forgiveness for the asking

A few years ago, a group of ministers gathered outside the city hall in Boise, Idaho with cheque books in hand ready to write cheques to the city on behalf of people with unpaid parking tickets. To take advantage of … Continue reading

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Humility is the key

Jesus began his famous Sermon on the Mount by saying: ‘Humble men are very fortunate, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.’ Those words are the key to his teachings, especially those qualities we call the Beatitudes. You … Continue reading

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