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From the vicarage – April 2012

Do you think that the men in these two photos could be less alike? Could the lads with tattoos, baseball caps and attitude ever have anything in common with the orthodox Jewish man, with his uniform dress code, beard and … Continue reading

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From the vicarage March 2012

This month we continue the theme of acceptance, as we turn from our acceptance from God to acceptance of self. One of the buzz words of our generation is “self-esteem.” It means feeling good about oneself. Self-esteem is our own … Continue reading

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From the vicarage January 2012

Tommy Rettig was the cute child actor who played the part of Jeff Miller in the first three seasons of the TV show “Lassie”.  In an interview before his death, Tommy reflected on the time of his life between ending … Continue reading

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From the vicarage May 2011

From the vicarage May 2011 I’ve been looking again at a paper I wrote for my interview for the post of Vicar at Holy Trinity. As I read it I rediscovered this seven value statement, which I borrowed from another … Continue reading

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When churches schism or grow

I blogged yesterday on acceptance and godliness in marriage and relationships. The principle of not mixing acceptance (justification) and behaviour (sanctification) in relating to God and each other applies to church as well as marriage. The result of mixing acceptance … Continue reading

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Unravelling acceptance and godliness

At the heart of Christian faith and practice there are two mutually exclusive truths. The first is that God accepts (justifies) sinners through faith in his crucified Son, Jesus Christ. The second is that these children of God should want … Continue reading

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