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1 May, 2010

The right to die?

by Roger Hitchings

The right to die? Voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide are now among the most discussed topics in our society. Less than twenty years ago the idea that ending life should be a matter of choice was considered by most people in Britain to be unacceptable. That situation has changed and it is suggested that now…

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1 May, 2010

A special man

by John Woolley

A special man David Bowen is a special man to those who know him and it is not because he is a member of the SAGA generation; he is fifty-three-years-old which for David is quite remarkable. David lives at home with his mum who says of him, ‘I don’t know what I’d do without him…

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1 May, 2010

No worries?

by Lowri Iorwerth

No worries? Stress. Anxiety. Worry.  These words are being used more and more, and are the cause of many sick days and doctors appointments. But stress isn’t a new invention. In fact, Jesus preached a sermon on stress in Matthew 6. Why do we worry? A university in America conducted a scientific study and discovered…

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1 May, 2010

Dilemmas facing a Christian GP

by Rosie Rees

Dilemmas facing a Christian GP A woman in her late teens attends requesting an abortion. She is in a relationship, contraception has failed and she is six weeks pregnant. She was planning to go to college and does not feel ready for a family. Despite counselling she is adamant that she wants an abortion and…

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1 May, 2010

What have I done to deserve this?

by Christopher Idle

What have I done to deserve this? It’s the summer of 1993 and the sun is bright today, lighting the distant Firth of Forth and its famous bridge; below us the city of Edinburgh is half-hidden by the wooded hills. We are on holiday, joined this afternoon by friends from Glasgow, Felicity and her parents….

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1 May, 2010

The blessing of unanswered prayer

by David Kingdon

The blessing of unanswered prayer There is an arresting line in George Croly’s hymn ‘Spirit of God, descend upon my heart’ (New Christian Hymns, 342) in which he prays ‘teach me the patience of unanswered prayer’. There is another hymn, whose author I cannot trace, which thanks God for ‘the blessing of unanswered prayer’. At…

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1 May, 2010

When does life begin?

by Gareth Williams

When does life begin? I attend three funeral services. Each is traumatic. One is for a baby who died a few weeks after birth. One is for a stillborn baby. In the third instance the mother miscarried. Each service clearly requires great sensitivity on the part of those offering pastoral care for the bereaved. Whilst…

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1 May, 2010

Living with Jack

by Andrew and Sarah Street

Living with Jack On the 5 January 2002 we had twin boys, Jack and Sam. Twelve hours following the birth our joy was replaced with shock and sadness as Jack was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. During this emotional roller coaster God blessed us both with a peace and trust in Him as well as a…

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1 Mar, 2010

Engaging with your local MP

Engaging with your local MP We are accustomed to people having a variety of leanings and dispositions in church life – people feel a sense of burden for differing ministries. However, amongst these there must be an intelligent interest in the role and work of those in authority over us. How else can we meaningfully…

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1 Mar, 2010

The missing note in Christian piety

by David Kingdon

The missing note in Christian piety When I was a young Christian in the nineteen-fifties I quite often heard a fellow believer described as a God-fearing man or woman. It is many years since I heard any one so described. The expression seems to have dropped right out of Christian conversation. Why should this be?…

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