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The Kingdom of God

Last night I watched The Viceroy’s House – a film that came out last year (the 70th anniversary of  Indian independence). It presents a picture of Earl Mountbatten as the last Viceroy of India leading up to independence and  partition caught in the crossfire of vested interest. On the one hand was the British Government […]

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The Unity of the Spirit

I have been exercised recently about what constitutes error or even heresy (not the lightest of topics to be considering here I know). Over the years, Christians have branded one another as heretics and have done unspeakable things to each other – although not for a few hundred years. These days, when we disagree over […]

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The Right Kind of Fuel

This week I filled up my car with the wrong kind of fuel. Not only did I feel like an idiot but it proved to be quite a costly mistake. Hopefully, there is no long term damage to the car. As I was thinking about this, I was reminded of the encouragements of scripture concerning […]

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The Answer to the World’s Problems

This year the teaching series is focusing on Jesus the Messiah. He is, of course, the focus of our faith. In coming to earth and laying aside his majesty, he achieved what could be achieved no other way: reconciliation between us and God; between the creation and the creator; between heaven and earth. He is […]

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Richard’s Blog May 2015

Spring brings with it the promise of new life. That which was dead in the ground suddenly bursts fourth in fragrance and colour and warms the hearts of all those who look on. This is nature’s way of mirroring the Resurrection and the empty tomb. But it is also a reminder to us of the […]

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Richard’s Blog 01/01/2015

As the Christmas Carols fade in our ears and the tinsel begins to look tired around the tree, our thoughts turn to the year ahead. This can provoke a number of different reactions. For some there may be a sense of anticipation as they consider some good things they know will lie ahead. For others there may […]

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A Passion for the Kingdom

God has put a passion in my heart. That passion is to see His kingdom come and His will done on earth as it is in heaven. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by this passion as I see the slide towards existential immorality in the society around us. The task of bringing in the kingdom seems […]

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We have all the time in the world!

Last week I was unwell. Of itself this is not perhaps unusual but, for the first time in 15 years I took time out from work and went to bed. This also meant missing out on the Groundlevel leaders conference which is one of those times of the year to receive rather than give. However, […]

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Richard’s Blog 22/01/2014

In November someone ran into our car on a roundabout in Beverley. Our expectation was that this would be a fairly simple case and that we would not lose out. Unfortunately, the other party had a friend of hers in a car behind her. Together they colluded and misrepresented the events to the insurance company. […]

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Richard’s Blog 18/12/2013 – The Meaning of Life

The other day I received a ‘prayer request’ through the web site which was actually a thinly veiled attempt to undermine my faith. Attached to it was a YouTube clip of Christopher Hitchens declaring why Christianity was untenable. Whilst I could argue about the individual points raised by Hitchens, it has caused me to think […]

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