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All articles by Paul Mackrell

Paul Mackrell grew up in Hampshire but now lives in West Sussex with his wife, Sue, who comes from Liverpool.

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December 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

From pavement to palace

Mark was a 27-year-old from Clwyd, working for a firm that fitted ten-pin bowling alleys. It was a job that many lads of his age would have been happy to have had, but Mark had bigger dreams. Like other young boys in North Wales he had grown up with the idea that London was…

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January 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Does the sheep know it’s lost?

We think of the little lamb wandering off and bleating helplessly. The Good Shepherd hears the cry and comes to the rescue. But does the sheep itself appreciate it’s lost? Does anyone know what’s going on inside the head of the little lamb? The Good Shepherd does, of course; and maybe a few experienced…

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

Passchendaele — a lesson in mud

The green and pleasant little Belgian village of Passchendaele, just east of Ypres, has given its name to some of the worst horrors of the First World War. It has become synonymous with the mud of Flanders. With the Somme, you think of over-the-top charges and thousands of British soldiers mown down by German…

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News

May 2017
News > Youth Features

Key to life

Last October, a little rusty key, along with the metal fob attached to it, was sold by auction. Somebody picked it up for £85,000. It is exactly 105 years since the Titanic sailed from Southampton bound for New York. As everyone knows, it was her maiden voyage. And, as everyone also knows, she never…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

Christianity and Christmas

Paul Mackrell encourages both Christians and non-Christians not to confuse true Christianity with the trappings of Christmas. Annual national events seem to be getting bigger and bigger. More chocolate is now eaten at Easter than ever before. The mix of childish and sinister rituals that is Halloween grows with each succeeding year. And Remembrance…

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June 2016
Cults and other religions

Lenin’s body

You might think that there is absolutely nothing to link the death of Jesus Christ with the death of Lenin in 1924. But there is just one thing: in both cases, the authorities of the day were troubled over their respective bodies. More than that, in both cases the question of the body has…

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Historical

December 2015
Articles > Historical

Foundling tokens

Lying a little to the south of London’s three great railway stations for the north (Euston, St Pancras and King’s Cross) is the Foundling Museum. Once home to the capital’s abandoned children, it contains dozens of wooden trays each containing hundreds and hundreds of little tokens. Many more are stored away. And each one…

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