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December 2000
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A Dying Thief

On May Day 1753 a clean, neatly dressed young man mounted the scaffold in Haverfordwest, spoke briefly to the vast crowd, then pulled the cap over his face and prayed quietly. Eventually he dropped his handkerchief, indicating his readiness to hang. Unfortunately the executioner failed to notice and it was handed back. He dropped…

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December 2000
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Upside down

When I left home for university, I was excited but apprehensive. Who would I meet? Who could I trust? Who would I feel safe with? For the first few months at Aberystwyth I went along with what I thought was expected of students, but often felt a great ache. Was this all I could…

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December 2000
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Finding peace and joy

I was baptised as a baby into the Church of England and attended Sunday school irregularly to the age of fourteen. My parents were not churchgoers, and religion was not discussed at home. During my teens I believed in God and occasionally went to church, but soon drifted away. My nineteen years of marriage…

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November 2000
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What’s wrong with shadows?

Recently I noticed a picture on the wall of my dentist’s surgery, a glorious view of the sun setting over a lakeside where the water was perfectly still. I leaned forward to read what I hoped was a text, but was disappointed. The caption said: ‘If you always face the sun you will never…

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April 2000
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Are We Wrong to have Rights

Christian Ministries evangelist John Blanchard has written a major treatment of the subjects of atheism and agnosticism. His intention is to help Christians cope with the rising tide of scepticism in today's society. The result is a 656-page hardback, Does God Believe in Atheists? which Evangelical Press has already called its 'Book of the…

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March 2000
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Where will you spend Eternity?

One cold night in 1956, the minister of the Burton Street Baptist Church, Sydney, noticed the shadowy outline of a crouched man, oblivious to his presence, writing on the footpath. ‘Are you Mr Eternity?’ asked Mr Thompson. ‘Guilty your honour!’ came the softly spoken reply as the small man stood up. After 26 years…

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October 1999
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Whose Child Are You?

The promise of a new start It might seem inappropriate to ask, but it is not meant to be rude or politically incorrect. When I ask, ‘Whose child are you?’ I am raising the issue of where we belong in a spiritual sense. Recent years have witnessed a general reawakening to human ‘spirituality’; to…

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December 1998
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God with us

The wonder of the Incarnation Sometimes we say a thing 'seems too good to be true', though we are not really doubting its truth. Sometimes we say that 'fact is stranger than fiction', because that is just how it can seem. Sometimes a thing is so unexpected, so unbelievable, that we say it cannot…

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December 1998
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Out of Darkness

As a young boy in a large family of six, I had known a good upbringing in a caring and close-knit family. My parents had been devoted to us and gave us much moral direction. I was brought up to attend the local Anglican church, where I became a server or altar boy. I…

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December 1998
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Disaster

Imagine living in a quiet mountain valley in Nicaragua, at the foot of the Casita volcano. Hurricane Mitch sweeps across the mountains, depositing inches of rain. The mountainside collapses in a river of mud. Your village is buried, its homes destroyed, and 1500 people die. Imagine living near a quiet beach in Papua New…

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December 1998
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A closed door in boom-town Bethlehem

'And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn' (Luke 2:7). Bethlehem was experiencing boom times. Caesar Augustus had decreed that a census be carried out, and the city was overflowing with those involved…

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December 1998
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A startling discovery

My parents were Jewish, and my earliest memories of childhood in our pleasant North-East London home were quite happy ones. My father and mother did not strictly follow the Jewish faith, but I can recall observing the festivals and going to synagogue with them from time to time. The reason we did that was…

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