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Being Bullied

November 9, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Being Bullied In Tyneside when I started secondary school I was picked on for being a first year and having a southern accent. Got my head flushed down the toilet on Foggy Friday. Later, I was jumped on for being little and in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was so little it took me […]
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Universal credit – really?

October 12, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Universal credit – really? The accelerated roll out of Universal Credit is in the news currently for the hardship it is causing. It seems to me that it was designed by policy makers and politicians to streamline the benefits system and focus it more to moving people into work. There may have been a motivation to save money as […]
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It takes a whole village to raise a child. – Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) Proverb

September 28, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for It takes a whole village to raise a child. – Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) Proverb Like this proverb, in Christian terms it takes a church (or Christian community) to grow a disciple. This is something we have been exploring for some time at MBC, and now we are at a practical stage of encouraging and equipping one another in being disciples together. We have listened to groups and have formed […]
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What makes me a Christian?

September 14, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for What makes me a Christian? I got to asking this recently because a couple of friends have said that they don’t consider that they are Christians any more. So, what is a Christian basically? And what makes me one? For me being a Christian is first and foremost about God in Christ. That God created me, God loves, redeems and […]
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Metamorphosis and all that

August 26, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Metamorphosis and all that My holidays have been saved by my tablet – not the anti-diarrhoea kind but the electronic device. Instead for taking a pack of 6 or 7 books away, I smuggle them in my tablet. This year as well as some holiday crime fiction, I downloaded Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Oh yes, I know how to […]
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Impressive people on our holiday adventure

August 17, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Impressive people on our holiday adventure   This year Mags and I booked to stay in a rural hotel in Spain. In the mountains 130km from the airport. That’s about all we knew on booking. Something of an unknown adventure. We have done loads of walking, scrambled up the sides of a ravine, swum in a mountain reservoir and shared in […]
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The art of apology, the truth behind a condemnation

August 17, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for The art of apology, the truth behind a condemnation You know the words – “I am sorry if I have offended you in any way!”  You maybe said them yourself or had them said to you. I have certainly done both.  But on careful observation this is not an apology at all. The speaker is not saying sorry for what she/he have said or […]
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Time to be bored

June 22, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Time to be bored Earlier this month Lauren Child was named as the new children’s laureate. Her comments on children being allowed to be bored seem insightful to me. As a parent, I can remember the pressure children place on us by complaining to be bored. Stung by this complaint parents and carers set off on a relentless endeavor […]
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Three Girls – the need for respect and responsibility

May 25, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Three Girls – the need for respect and responsibility The recent Three Girls drama on BBC1 gave a powerful and troubling focus on the Rochdale child sex abuse scandal. The series is well worth a watch; check the BBC I player http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/b08rgd5n The portrayal shows the lack of respect shown to the teenage girls who were groomed, the courage of a health worker and the […]
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Pray for Manchester, Pray for us

May 23, 2017 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Pray for Manchester, Pray for us The suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena on Monday night has shaken so many people. Today I have felt and been aware of a stunned quietness around. Experiencing this in Leeds may be because this happen close by in Manchester, or maybe because it happened at an Arena concert which many of us would go […]
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