Book Review – War & Faith – Andrea McConchie
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Book Review – War & Faith – Andrea McConchie

‘War and Faith’ by Don Stephens is a compelling collection of short biographies recounting the experiences of seven men and one woman who remained faithful to Christ during World War II. The book is a sequel to his previous work, ‘War and Grace’. The book focuses on the courage, bravery, and faith of ordinary people...

IS GOD a Warrior? – David Watts
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IS GOD a Warrior? – David Watts

The Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. Deuteronomy 20:4 As a post-war teenager, at the age of 16 years, my life was impacted by a fighter pilot. I attended a summer adventure camp near the Barmouth estuary in mid- Wales,...

Visit from UFM mission partners Michael and Steph Baldwin
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Visit from UFM mission partners Michael and Steph Baldwin

In June we were visited by Michael and Steph Baldwin, our UFM mission partners In Eurasia. Here is a summary of the sermon Michael preached, ‘The glory of the ordinary’ which fits well with the theme of this magazine. Do you find it hard to see how the mundane things in life contribute to the...

Weakness is the Way – J. I. Packer, Book Review – Alex Choi
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Weakness is the Way – J. I. Packer, Book Review – Alex Choi

Have you ever felt inadequate?  Inability or weakness in terms of physical condition, intelligence or financial situation? These weaknesses always make us feel sad and frustrated, especially so living in a highly competitive society.  If you are facing any of these situations, you will definitely find this book very helpful. J. I. Packer uses Paul’s...

Simon’s Scrawl
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Simon’s Scrawl

Good Friday! How could it possibly be called Good Friday? The day on which your leader and hero was brutally executed? Jesus was flogged, ordered to carry the cross on which he would be crucified and then put to death. At first sight it is difficult to see what is ‘good’ about it. It certainly...

Crucifixion in the Ancient World – David Watts
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Crucifixion in the Ancient World – David Watts

In 1 Corinthians 1:18, Paul says that in the eyes of ‘those who are perishing’ the ‘word of the cross’ is ‘folly’. This denotes, not merely a lack of wisdom. The early Christian writer, Justin, explains that the upset, caused by the Christian message in the ancient world, is really madness.   “They say that...

Thank God it’s January! – David Watts
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Thank God it’s January! – David Watts

Jürgen Prochnow – U-boat commander in the classic film Das Boot – facing mortal peril in the Atlantic during WW II, looked forward with longing to Christmas back home in Germany and hearing again the account of Jesus’ nativity in Das Lukas Evangelium – Luke’s gospel. The incarnation of God’s Son is indeed the most...

What is good work? Lessons from Scrooge – Gareth Crispin
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What is good work? Lessons from Scrooge – Gareth Crispin

‘A Christmas Carol’ is perhaps the most well-known of Charles Dickens’ novels (the Muppets’ version is my personal favourite). Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean businessman who despises anything joyful. The story isn’t primarily about work, but it does help us think about good and bad views of work (and rest and play). We instantly feel...

Inspiring Sight – David Watts
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Inspiring Sight – David Watts

When did you last walk along Oxford Road, Manchester? Did you lift your eyes above street level? High up on the front of a building is a remarkable mural. Look closely and you realise it’s Jesus healing a man born blind, as told in chapter 9 of John’s Gospel. Why should such a mural be...

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