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Reflections on the Resurrection 4/6

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‘Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus … Jesus himself came near and went with them …  When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him.’   from Luke 24.13-35   […]

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Reflections on the Resurrection 3/6

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 ‘He is not here.’ Mark 16.2‑7   The first experience of resurrection was of absence not presence. Jesus was gone and they didn’t know where.   We have records of up to eight resurrection appearances, though it is impossible to be precise. Many of the encounters described are very brief. Let me be very practical here. This means that […]

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Reflections on the Resurrection 1/6

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‘As the first day of the week was dawning … an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.’ Matthew 28.1-8 As the Christian seasons circle around I always pray for an insight or thought to come fresh to me. After hearing and telling the great […]

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Reflections on the resurrection 2/6

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Something happened in the night.  In a garden outside Jerusalem is a tomb. The stone that sealed it has been rolled away. The tomb is empty.      What God chooses to reveal or keep secret is always a puzzle.  This is a very strange way to launch a world mission.   God acted in the […]

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David and Saul

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Writers are at the mercy of publishers when it comes to book covers. But the choice of this painting for the front of my book Fear and Trust: God-centred leadership is inspired. It is the work of a French artist, Leslie Xuereb.   It shows two figures.  One is a king on a bulky throne, […]

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Six Reflections on the Cross

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    These reflections were prepared for a traditional three-hour vigil at the cross – one for each half hour. But please use them in any way you find helpful.  You may find it a help to have a cross and perhaps a lit candle as a focus. You do not need a specially made […]