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All articles by Derek Swann

Rev. Derek Swann went to be with the Lord on 29 October 2007. And he was eager to go too. He shared with family and friends in the final
weeks that he had such great joy and peace; and longed to be with Christ.
The funeral service was held at Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff; the large congregation included many pastors.
Derek ministered for many years in Ashford Congregational Church and then retired to Cardiff in 1991.

God with us? Yes, really

Article

December 2005
Evangelistic

God with us? Yes, really

Do you have an interesting name? Have you every tried to trace your ancestors? Many names reflect the trade or occupation of their original owner - Mason, Collier, Smith, Hunter, Driver, Butcher, Thatcher and so on.In Wales, over the centuries, so many people acquired surnames such as Davies, Jones or Williams that it became…

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Seekers and finders

Article

December 2004
Evangelistic

Seekers and finders

So why would a small group of men leave behind comfort, security and luxury, and follow a star in search of a king?We have no precise details about the 'wise men' who came to visit the infant Jesus - nor even how many there were. We do know, however, that they were rich, for…

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Letter from Bethlehem

Article

December 2003
Evangelistic

Letter from Bethlehem

Dear Rebecca,At long last a quiet moment to let you have some news. For weeks we've been up to our eyes coping with the census crowds. I sincerely hope Caesar Augustus doesn't decide to have another one for a very long time. We've been busy day and night. Everyone was wanting something or other,…

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Love is …

Article

May 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Love is …

‘A feeling, a very funny feeling, a feeling that you’ve never felt before. A feeling that you feel that you feel you ought to feel, and it leaves you with a feeling evermore.’An amusing jingle that has probably graced the pages of many an autograph book, and brought a knowing nod from a love-sick…

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The old lady with the two umbrellas

Article

October 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The old lady with the two umbrellas

The story concerned gold coins that were mysteriously being smuggled out of France into Spain. The French authorities knew exactly the point where the smuggling was taking place, but, despite extensive searches over many weeks, they could discover nothing. Fair and foul The gold continued to leak out from France to Spain. Everyone was…

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Guest Column

Article

May 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

I would like to raise a cheer for the great army of 'plodders'. There are preachers up and down the country, in towns and villages, who faithfully pastor their people year in year out, preaching in season and out of season. Yet, it would seem, they do so with frequent discouragement and little or…

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Guest Column

Article

April 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

At present I am enjoying my third child-hood - through the eyes and hands of my two grandsons! 'Snakes and ladders', 'Lego', 'Tintin', 'Thunderbirds' and 'Monopoly' are all making a second appearance. But it is the re-emergence of the jigsaw puzzle that is giving me the greatest pleasure (at the moment we are only…

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