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Where is God when it doesn’t hurt?

Where is God when it doesn’t hurt?

I’ve been pondering on this one a little of late. Over the summer, after I came out of hospital in early June, I felt considerably better. For a considerable amount of time – around two months in all. I had some glimpses into ‘normality’, whatever that may be – life without pain, without my lungs feeling constantly full of rubbish which won’t go no matter how much physio I do and without all the associated stuff that goes alongside this….

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The Point Being?

The Point Being?

We have a hamster named Bilbo. He doesn’t do very much all day, really. He sleeps a lot, and occasionally he’ll have a little wander round his cage, stuff his pouches with whatever he can find and go back to bed. He might come out for a little wander round the sofa or in his ball for a while. He’s not a lot of use though, frankly, he doesn’t do anything much. Except he does. He brings joy to the…

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New Year – New Hopes

New Year – New Hopes

This is me at the beginning of 2012. Not the best start, possibly, to my fortieth year on earth? In some ways, not really. But in others, perhaps I can see it as the best start, because if this lot works well I may feel better than I’ve done in months and months, and that is a hope I am reaching for right now. I may be somewhat naive, I know myself what I am like and how often I…

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What do you do?

What do you do?

Whenever I go someplace new or meet new people, I always get The Question, and I have come to dread it somewhat. The question ‘what do you do?’ It’s like we as a society buy into all the ‘what we do defines us’ stuff, and it comes out in the first question we ask a new person. Now, I’m not completely innocent of this myself. Let’s face it, it’s often a conversation starter, and can help get a picture of…

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What value on life?

What value on life?

I watched the BBC documentary 23 Week Babies the other night and it’s been preying on my mind ever since. In the first case, pondering on the harrowing and unthinkable suffering parents of these incredibly premature babies go through, and endeavouring to imagine what it would be like (impossible to do so, really.) And then there are the dedicated health professionals involved in the process, and the decisions they have to make, decisions that could mean life or death, impossible…

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Is God a User?

Is God a User?

There is a certain phrase prevalent among Christians (particularly a certain ‘flavour’ of Christians) which comes under what I call Christian Jargon-ese. Now this phrase is something I never really thought about or worried about until Adventure Bloke wrote his most excellent Master’s Thesis. As I began to read his notes and engage with the subject I realised that the phrase was sitting more and more uncomfortably with me. I therefore would like to issue a challenge to my Christian…

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