Preaching the Cross to Wounded People – Christian Today article

Jesus experienced severe, physical pain. It’s easy to gloss over this, but no other religion has a god who suffers physically. Indeed, that would be a picture of weakness, not power – why would anyone want to worship a suffering God?

Well, I would.

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Christmas – Happy or Not

Happy Christmas

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Jesus the Refugee (Mary’s Story) – Prepare Them Room #4

God’s chosen child was despised by those who were still praying fervently for the Messiah’s arrival. I might have enjoyed the irony if I hadn’t been so hungry. And lonely.

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Can you see God in our faces? – (Alexander’s story) Prepare Them Room #3

Our geography was not quite so good as our astronomy. You would think that a group of world-renowned natural scientists who could calculate the draconian month in any given Saros cycle, forecasting the exact hour of an eclipse with pinpoint accuracy would be able to navigate their way from Herod’s palace to Bethlehem – but, no.

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11 Fiction Reviews May-Nov 2018

The books featured were:

The Trick to Time – Kit de Waal
The Only Story – Julian Barnes
Everything We Never Knew – Beth Morey
Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler
The Explorer – Katherine Rundell (kids’ book)
Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Rundell
The House of the Mosque – Kader Abdolah 
The Summer of Impossible Things – Rowan Coleman
A Christmas Case – L B Hathaway
A Storied Life – Leigh Kramer
The Optician of Lampedusa – Emma Jane Kirby

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‘You don’t want a Messiah.’ (Herod’s Story) – Prepare Them Room #2

The media have twisted it to say I was slaughtering innocent children. But I’m the hero – destroying a traitor who could bring down this whole country.

The security of our country was at stake – do you even realise that? It wasn’t about power, it was about the good of the country.

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What if God Comes in Disguise? Prepare Them Room #1

They were filthy, both of them. The donkey, too. They stank, and the woman was drenched in sweat. So, there was that, for a start.

Plus, they couldn’t have chosen at a worse time to turn up – the house was already teeming with Roman soldiers, and I was out of ideas to keep the kids entertained quietly. Trust me: you do not want to annoy an armed Roman soldier.

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Last Minute Advent Book

If you’re looking for an Advent book to read, and you haven’t yet read mine, check out Those Who Wait. It’s about how to find God in times of disappointment, doubt or delay.

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