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Dave Bish
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What's GOOD in this foreign country?
In the latest edition of Primer , Ed Shaw's article on Life in a foreign country notes the following matrix on the foundations of our morality, from The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt: 1. Care vs. Harm 2. Liberty vs. Oppression 3. Fairness vs. Cheating 4....

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MP3s from 3 conferences that could help you share your faith
My wedding certificate lists my occupation as evangelist. A teller of good news. I was on the UCCF relay programme at the time. It's always been a passion in my Christian life --- in part because my formative years as a believer were as part of a Christian ...

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Trampolines and Brick Walls: Don't flex on the gospel, do flex on everything else to love believers and advance the gospel.
In his 2005 book Velvet Elvis  Rob Bell argued that the church has a problem because we think of theology as like a brick wall - rigid and systematic, whereas we should look at our theology as being more of a trampoline - flexible and in which some of the s...

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The Greatest Gift - Of Sainsbury's and the Incarnation
The nativity scene can seem sweet, inspiring and utterly removed from our day to day experience of life in this broken world. Nothing could be further from the truth. Step back and we find that in the beginning was The Word - a communicative being, who was ...

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Spot the difference
In last four months we've moved from a provincial city in the South West of England to a larger city in the Midlands. Lots of things in our lives are different now... wise friends counselled us in August that there is difference that is good, difference tha...

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God's Purpose in Election: 4 things we do. 6 things God does
The question of God's sovereignty and our freedom in salvation (and life more generally) is no easy question. On one level it's an unresolvable tension. In his book "How do you know that" Ellis Potter suggests something of a solution - to not try to fit the...

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Leviticus with a seven year old
For several years we read The Jesus Storybook Bible with our first son. It's given him a solid biblical theology and eye for the gospel. At Easter we gave him his first Bible, the International Children's Bible (NCV) and he and I have been reading it since ...

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The affections of a Father.
I love my five year old. He's a brilliant boy who has some special needs - nothing particularly severe, and likely the consequences of his epilepsy. We don't really know. In the opening moments of church this morning I'm sat with him on my lap. I'm one of t...

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What kind of society do we want to live in?
It's hard not to be deeply affected by Sally Phillips documentary A World Without Downs . This is an investigation into two of the biggest human questions. She opens, winsome, engaging, self-deprecating, to camera: What kind of society do we want to live in...

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Sow to the Spirit?
Galatians 6v8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. What does this mean? In the final paragraphs of Paul's letter to his friends in Galatia what i...
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