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Graham’s Blog

When do I grow up?

February 16, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for When do I grow up? Becoming an adult means…. “being responsible… doing what you want… going to clubs… not taking your washing home to your mum etc.etc. When you have kids, at 12 or 13, when you think you know everything, when you get a job, when you start going to college… people live their lives a lot longer before […]
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Baptists, equality and being radical

February 8, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for Baptists, equality and being radical This week has brought the 100th anniversary of the granting of votes for women with the passing of the Representation of the People Act. But a century on campaigns continue to address gender inequality. Equality Now many Christians are at the forefront of arguing for equality, whilst some hold to male headship and others to […]
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No Room… Graham’s blog

January 11, 2018 Graham's Blog
Thumbnail image for No Room… Graham’s blog Wherever we look, today’s headlines are that there are no beds left in hospitals. This is awful but not surprising news, and of course it comes only a couple of weeks after Christmas, the time we all read and sing of there being no room at the inn. Back in December I was at a […]
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December 7, 2017 Graham's Message
We have recently begun a series of Sunday morning services on Forgiveness. We kicked off by considering the importance of repentance and forgiveness as vital action that humans take but one that we cannot achieve without God’s gracious help – which is all about the cross and Easter. In the week leading up to Easter […]
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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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