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When politics meets an insuperable challenge

Another tragic migrant story hits the headlines as 39 people from the other side of the world are discovered frozen to death in a refrigerated trailer in Essex. Meanwhile the BBC news website shows a highly disturbing story from Bosnia showing migrants, including unaccompanied children, herded into makeshift accommodation, wholly unsuitable for the oncoming winter. The EU have allocated £10m to the Bosnian government essentially to keep these people out. Even so, the money has yet to be spent. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-50132250/inside-bosnia-s-nightmare-camp-for-migrants-trying-to-enter-the-eu We are living in a time of huge movements of people fleeing conflict and

Prayer, the discipline at the heart of discipleship

“Discipline not desire determines your destiny,” declares pastor Charles Stanley. Someone clearly with an appreciation for alliteration. Something to think about this Friday morning at 8.30 am. It’s blog time and however I may be feeling, whatever is happening around me, I start to type. I’ve only got about 45 minutes and so there is no hanging about. So get going – the inspiration comes later. So how does inspiration work? I guess one of the key goals of following Jesus is to disregard our feelings, to lay aside our emotions as motivation. We do it, whatever we may be feeling. Here we are challenging one of the main assumptions of our culture. How often do we hear the phrase “I d

When a problem seems intractable

Intractable problems invariably offer the challenge of reconciling two opposites. of squaring the circle. Usually they don’t just go away but instead keep us awake at night. Like the Irish border, the main problem facing those negotiating Brexit. How do you make an international frontier not a border between two sovereign nations? The border itself was a response in 1920 to the intractable problem of Irish unity, giving home rule to the people of Ireland except for those who didn’t want it. Sometimes all you can do is kick the can down the road. However, there may be a glimmer of hope for Brexit following yesterday’s talks at Thornton Hough (I know the vicar) between Boris John

We need to rewild our imaginations.

We saw a fox, again. Our house backs onto a two acre field, separated by a mature tree line from a much larger area of farmland. However, since Redrow failed in its planning application, the farmer has not returned to our relatively small field. The result is that it is now in the process of ‘rewilding.’ Incidentally, that’s the word coined by conservationist Dave Foreman in 1980. Before then we used to use phrases like ‘return to nature’ or just simply the pejorative ‘overgrown.’ The main feature of this rewilding is a wide self-seeding alder wood along with a proliferation of grasses and thorny shrubs. Only our wooden fence stands between our suburban garden and the relentle

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