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Exodus: Gods and Kings

A close and legenadary Film Director friend of mine once inspired me to think about the difference between movies and films: a movie is often for popping pop-corn, action, explosions, the BIG SCREEN; whereas a film can be all of those things but still be in a league of its own as an artistic creation rather than just as a mode of entertainment.

One of my favourite films of all time is The Prince of Egypt produced by DreamWorks. I remember watching it for the first time in 1999 in Europe’s oldest purpose-built cinema in Paignton and being moved to tears by the sense of God’s presence and biblical accuracy that the film carries. The burning bush scene and the splitting of the Red Sea gets me every single time!

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Personal Bests

On top of our normal training, Mairi and I have been investing in a Personal Trainer for the last 4 weeks at Nuffield Health. The sessions with Rob are hard-core.

Because I’ve worked in exercise and health for 15 years, including within clubs like Nuffield, I tended to put this off as an option because of my own knowledge base in this industry. Continue reading

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Jurassic Theology: Marriage isn’t about Marriage

We now think it’s all about sex, companionship, equality, inclusion, human ‘rights’, dignity, happiness and an extinct Jurassic, biblically-based theology that’s reduced to being ‘bigoted’ and ‘unloving’. But the Apostle Paul thought it wasn’t about any of these things; he thought it was all about God – all about the Bridegroom Jesus and His bride.

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Kneeling, Praying, Sailing, Walking, Dying

Acts 21 is a microcosm of community, discipleship, glory and suffering: Paul reaches the point where he knew he wouldn’t see his beloved family again and that this final voyage from Tyre to Caesarea was unto final suffering, imprisonmmet and death.

Imagine the scene as, with profuse tears, Paul’s missional community kneels together on the gritty sand, embracing each other tightly, praying that God would protect and bless their leader whose face they’d never see again.

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