Monthly Archives: January 2013

Christmas Day 12 – A Question of Identity

Well here we are – Twelfth Night, the end of the church season of Christmas. I’m fairly sure that today’s extracts from our advent book are intended to focus on baptism in general and our cleansing from sin in particular … Continue reading

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Christmas Day 11 – Small Seeds grow into Big Trees

I don’t know how to write this blog post without being personal. Many of the extracts over the past few weeks have either left me untouched or I have actively disagreed with the implied emphasis in them. Others have made … Continue reading

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Christmas Day 10 – charity begins at home…

Charity begins at home – that was one of my mum’s sayings when I was growing up. It was used whenever she thought I was spending too much time “at that church” (my family weren’t church members, but as children … Continue reading

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Christmas Day 9 – Mental Hostility

Ooh, I like today’s extract from Nouwen. (Incidentally, how does one pronounce his name??) Fear leads to hostility – when we perceive ourselves to be threatened we can so easily react defensively. This can then cause others to perceive themselves … Continue reading

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Christmas Day 8 – The Discipline of Gratitude

Yes – the discipline of gratitude. For sure, sometimes life throws stuff at us which we’d rather not have to deal with – but far more often than we imagine, we can choose gratitude, even in the face of considerable … Continue reading

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