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1 Nov, 2010

The challenge of entering the real world

by Ed Mayhew

The challenge of entering the real world I’m still in culture shock. I’ve entered the ‘real world’ of bills, rent, pensions and tax. The world of having a diary and using it. And needing it! A world where there is a sense of satisfaction in cleaning a house or a room, because no-one else would…

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1 Nov, 2010

The angel of Llan-gan: David Jones 1736-1810

The angel of Llan-gan: David Jones 1736-1810 The name ‘angel’ is sometimes applied to a new-born child with its unblemished skin. ‘The angel of Llan-gan’ has a different meaning. It refers to one of God’s human messengers whose life and work were heavenly in character. This year marks the bi-centenary of David Jones of Llan-gan,…

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1 Nov, 2010

Why bother with history?

by Andrew Davies

Why bother with history? Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, famously said that ‘History is bunk’. One wonders what he had in mind. Perhaps he thought that enterprise in the present is more important than reflection on the past. If so, many people would agree with him. They want to get on with their…

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1 Nov, 2010

Bah! Humbug!

by John Woolley

Bah! Humbug! Poor old Scrooge has a bad press when it comes to this time of year. He is forever typecast as the epitome of the original Christmas killjoy. Even Michael Caine and the Muppets could not improve his image! This man had the audacity to question our enthusiasm for the Christmas celebration. Listen to…

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1 Sep, 2010

The incomparable Christ

by Andy Christofides

The incomparable Christ Ah, Shakespeare! What a wordsmith; such wondrous turns of phrase. I am sure he could have talked his way into or out of any situation. Hear him as he woos a fair maiden: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake…

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1 Sep, 2010

Meeting Jesus: A witchdoctor’s story

by Robbie Mason

Meeting Jesus: A witchdoctor’s story As fairly new missionaries to the field, Terry and I went to bed one evening with the sound of the witchdoctor’s drum beating heavily, in stark contrast to the total silence that normally accompanied us to sleep. Very early in the morning, just before daybreak, the Lord woke me up…

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1 Sep, 2010

What is paganism?

by Jonathan Skinner

What is paganism? How do you boil a frog alive? If you throw it in a pot of bubbling water it will jump straight out (so I am told – I’ve never actually tried this!). The only way is to place it in a pot of cool water before you turn on the gas and…

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1 Sep, 2010

Church history

by Paul Cook

The great harvest If you visit Bala this summer, give some time to seeing the places associated with the preaching of Thomas Charles. He was the minister in the town from whom Mary Jones obtained her Bible. And he was one of the founding members of the British and Foreign Bible Society. But in 1791…

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1 Sep, 2010

Pagan Wales?

The reality of paganism in Wales today and how the church should respond Paganism appears to be on the rise in Wales today. It can take many forms – Celtic spirituality, return to nature, wholeness, New Age theories, etc. along with aspects of Hinduism and Buddhism. A visit to the spirituality section of any major…

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1 Sep, 2010

What’s hallowed about Halloween?

by Basil Howlett

What’s hallowed about Halloween? Malcolm’s mother thought it was a bit of a joke. Her son, with other teenagers, was going regularly to a local graveyard trying to communicate with the dead. I gently explained that what he was doing was dangerous and forbidden in the Bible, and pleaded with her to urge him to…

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