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Brexit – as we sail over the horizon

So, folks, it’s the open sea. I grew up facing the open sea, living very close to the beach at Waterloo. As a child I would look towards the horizon, beyond the Bar, suggesting adventure, unknown worlds. During stormy weather I would follow the ships as they left the safety of the Mersey estuary until their familiar funnels gradually disappeared. They sailed undeterred. It was Winston Churchill, the very person we go to for quotes at times like this, who said to Charles de Gaulle: “For get this quite clear, every time we have to decide between Europe and the open sea, it is always the open sea we shall choose. Every time I have to decide between you and Roosevelt, I shall al

Being prepared to face the media.

This time yesterday morning Paul Knight was having his breakfast, thinking about the day ahead. No doubt as vicar of St Peter’s Birstall he was preparing for this Sunday’s services with the theme ‘Celebrate freedom.” Just another Friday, usually a quieter day. Then the unthinkable happens, just down the road in Market Street. His MP, the remarkable Jo Cox is attacked and killed. And everything at once changes. There is a profound sense of shock and bewilderment. For Mrs Cox is not just the local MP; she is a local. People knew her from childhood. This could never happen here in an ordinary West Yorkshire town. Very soon the media arrive. It’s a huge story and so everybody

I've been scammed. Ugh!

I’ve been scammed! It was my own fault, of course. I lacked vigilance. Our E111 cards for health care while abroad in Europe needed renewing. So I googled “renew E111.” Straight-forward enough. Without thinking anything of it, I selected the first site Google offered me. It looked official. In fact, the form I filled in was official. But www.ehic.org was simply offering to forward my application to the NHS, no more. As such, totally unnecessary but technically legal. I should have become suspicious as soon as I was asked to pay £35. But I was in a hurry and I thought “Well, the government is now charging for everything.” And I used my debit card. £35! That’s wa

Discipleship that will change the world.

"Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ." Tough words from pastor Dietrich Bonheoffer who died at the hands of the Nazis in the closing days of WW2. But what discipleship? And what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Earlier this week church member Geoff Fallows and I took part in an consultation requested by Bishop Paul in setting the direction for the Diocese. The three main areas are evangelism, social justice and for our group, discipleship. So I have been thinking about this key area now for a few days. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? In fact, the word ‘disciple’ is used more than 250 times in the New Testament – usually in

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