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“Spes durat avorum” – Let the hope of our ancestors endure – Graham’s blog

February 5, 2019 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for “Spes durat avorum” – Let the hope of our ancestors endure – Graham’s blog The motto of the high school I attended in my youth was “spes durat avorum” which translated means “let the hope of our ancestors endure”. Now as a teenager that never struck me as the most spiritually insightful or the most exciting motto one could have for a school. But looking back now I think […]
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Hope in Precarious Times – Graham’s blog

December 20, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Hope in Precarious Times – Graham’s blog So a baby is about to be born in this brutal and brilliant world. A baby come to be the Saviour of the world. This is weird, a way to put the world straight which is either breath-taking in its naivety or profoundly wrong-footing the powers that be. At the first nativity, Israel was gripped […]
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Baby Jesus do do do! Graham’s blog 2

December 19, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Baby Jesus do do do! Graham’s blog 2 “Baby Shark” is a song and dance that has captured the attention of young children and families this year. It has had over 2 million hits on Youtube. Margaret Brownlee wrote some Christian words to the song – many others have done this – so this is just one version. The children at Fairburn View […]
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Grandparents at the crib. Graham’s blog

November 19, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Grandparents at the crib. Graham’s blog If things go according to plan, Margaret and I will become grandparents for the first time on Boxing Day! So, a new perspective comes into our lives. With my new identity I have noticed that there are no grandparents in the Christmas story. Now I am not arguing for 2 new fabled figures around the […]
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Message from Graham

November 8, 2018 Graham's Message
You will see that as winter begins to turn slowly towards spring there is a flurry of life and activity at MBC, illustrated by the amount of our news we have to share this week. I have also added a blog, thinking a little about education and what we hope for our children and young […]
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On diversity and church – a Christian view. Graham’s blog

October 11, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for On diversity and church – a Christian view. Graham’s blog One of most valuable attributes of a local church congregation is being a diverse community.At a social level this provides mixed human interaction and caring in an increasingly isolated and compartmentalised society. Old and young mixing together and so able to enjoy vitality, friendships and new perspectives. The connections and support mechanisms churches can offer […]
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Make a change

September 27, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Make a change In August 2016 American footballer Colin Kaepernick first ‘took the knee’; in 2006 Tarana Burke began using the ‘Me Too’ phrase which went viral in 2017 following actress Alyssa Milano’s stand against sexual harassment, in July 2017 an outcry followed the publication of a report showing that two thirds of the highest earners at the […]
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A Pentecost Letter to Peter

May 26, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for A Pentecost Letter to Peter Peter, I know you as a fisherman follower of Jesus. Speaking out what everyone else was thinking, promising what you could not deliver, but with a faith to keep going. The risk taker still standing. I am in your stead as a Christian – a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. In your stead as a […]
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Beware of Bromance

May 17, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Beware of Bromance In recent weeks, as the blossom has flowered we have witnessed moments of tactile affection between some male leaders. At the end of April Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron appeared not to be able to keep their hands off each other when they met at the White House. A couple of days later, North Korean […]
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F word thoughts – more than acceptance and a little bit of Kielty

April 5, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for F word thoughts – more than acceptance and a little bit of Kielty Comedian, radio and TV Presenter Patrick Kielty is pictured here in 1988 carrying his father’s coffin. Follow the link below to see how Kielty’s story not only relates to issues such as acceptance, forgiveness and moving on but also to MBC’s recent showing of The F Word Exhibition.
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