Monthly Archives: March 2016

Teaching horses to fly

There’s an old Jewish story about a man who’d been sentenced to death, but who obtained a reprieve by assuring the king that he would teach his majesty’s horse to fly within the year- but with the proviso that if … Continue reading

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‘You could never know how wonderful everything is.’

For fifty one years Bob Edens was blind. He felt his way through five decades of darkness until one day a skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation and, for the first time, Bob Edens had sight. He found it overwhelming. … Continue reading

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‘You gotta get out before you hit the mat.’

Tina Sinatra tells how her dad, Frank Sinatra, as he grew older started to have problems with his memory. At one show he forgot the lyrics to his hit song ‘Second Time Around,’ and his adoring fans had to finish … Continue reading

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‘Quick to listen, slow to speak ‘

Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth President of the United States, was known as a man of few words. Once, at a White House dinner, a woman told him she’d made a bet that she could get him to say at least … Continue reading

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Beware of the barrenness of a busy life

Karl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, once said: ‘Busyness is not of the devil, it is the devil.’ The older I get and the more I reflect on life the more I tend to agree with him. … Continue reading

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A text without a context is a pretext.

People trying to make a case against Christian faith often quote Bible texts that say things that are repulsive to modern ears. However, we should not quote the Bible indiscriminately. A barrister, hoping to make an impression on a jury, … Continue reading

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Don’t argue, just try it

Josh McDowell says that people often refuse to believe that which they don’t want to believe in spite of evidence to the contrary. When the first Europeans settled in Australia they found a mammal which laid eggs, spent some time … Continue reading

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If you really exist, let me know

I got an email recently from a person I hadn’t seen for thirty years. I first met her when she was quietly going mad because of loneliness, separated from everyone she knew. We became good friends; but the one thing … Continue reading

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Not in the ’empty firmament of the mind’

The Russian novelist Dostoevsky once said: ‘He who desires to see the living God face to face should not seek him in the empty firmament of his mind, but in love.’ The great mistake of the current crop of evangelical … Continue reading

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Passed preaching but failed Christianity

Using Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan, a professor of theology arranged for ten of his students, for their final assessment before becoming ordained ministers, to record a short talk on radio. Each was released from class at ten minute … Continue reading

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