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The Judge is the Savior: Towards a Universalist Understanding of Salvation by Jean Wyatt… Haddon Willmer shares his thoughts

June 24, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Jean Wyatt, The Judge is the Savior: Towards a Universalist Understanding of Salvation Resource Publications, Wipf and Stock, 2015 (xviii + 223 pp) Here is a book that comes from decades of caring thought and spiritual wrestling. Jean Wyatt begins with a story from 1974 when she and her family were worshipping in a friendly […]
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Haddon Willmer – Mariner: a voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge

April 15, 2018 Haddon's Blog
The poet, theologian and Christian Malcolm Guite (left) has written a marvellous book, Mariner: a voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge  (Hodder, 2017). I got it early this week and could not put it down.  Now I would like to press it upon as many friends as I can.  Coleridge (1772-1834), a brilliant poet, philosopher and […]
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Friday 10 – Sunday 20 May. Thy Kingdom Come, an invitation to pray

April 11, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Thy Kingdom Come is a simple invitation to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for friends and family to come to faith. Now in its third year, participation has grown every year. In 2016, 100,000 Christians pledged to pray. By 2017 – more than half a million had pledged to pray from more than 85 countries including […]
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Notes of a Meeting on Dunstarn Lane. By Haddon Willmer

March 30, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Last summer, a green leaf danced in the wind turned gold and red Fall came, it fell rain soaked through winter imprinting on the pavement – till a silver star…. …..waiting, waiting for the poor man who once found a sixpence on the road and thereafter, anxious for another coin, never saw a star again…until […]
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Lulu and the Archbishop: Who Invented God? Haddon Willmer serves up some food for thought

January 24, 2018 Haddon's Blog
Just now, the Church is thinking quite a bit about children and young people.   Ever since I read it years ago, I have been gripped by this article, reporting the thoughtful interaction of liberal atheist parents, six year old Lulu, and Archbishop Rowan Williams about  Who Invented God?   It raises issues not to be dismissed […]
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Haddon Willmer shares a remarkable, moving and sobering story

December 18, 2017 Haddon's Blog
The remarkable story of how the Salvation Army founder’s song united Second World War enemies. Originally from the South of Germany, Günter had the figure of an athlete: blond hair and blue eyes, yet genteel and remarkably humbled. I’m Jacques Roufflet and as a student had newly joined The Salvation Army at Tailfingen, and was encouraged to go to Günter’s house by an older church member who advised, “Günter has a wonderful testimony to share. (I was conscripted in the German Army during the Second World War, but Günter had wilfully signed up). Ask him to tell you about it.”
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Confession, by Haddon Willmer

December 18, 2017 Haddon's Blog
It is time I confessed. I am uncomfortable in church – and not because of the chairs. I am uncomfortable in Moortown Baptist Church and I would be uncomfortable in many other churches known to me.   Anyone who confesses to such discomfort will be told to look to themselves. Many people are happy here, so […]
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Haddon Willmer shares some thoughts about prayer

September 21, 2017 Haddon's Blog
I have a friend who considers himself still a Christian.  Indeed he is determined to go on being a Christian, and publicly.  But he says his prayer life is shot to pieces and has been for some time.  I’m in much the same place.  What is prayer? he asks.  It seems, in much of our […]
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Grantchester: small screen or book? Haddon Willmer explains why for him the printed word wins hands down

May 30, 2017 Haddon's Blog
Have you watched Grantchester on the TV?  Try to forget it.  Are you tempted to watch? Resist and desist!  Why?   Because the original books by James Runcie are much better and will give you a richer experience.  Why drink muddied water when fresh living water is on the table? Sidney Chambers appears in the first of the series as […]
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In the wake of the Westminster terror attack read what Giles Fraser (priest-in-charge at St Mary’s, Newington) has to say about prayer

March 27, 2017 Haddon's Blog
Amid the murderous mayhem of a terrorist car and knife attack, and the anti-social squabbles on social media, Giles Fraser (priest-in-charge at St Mary’s, Newington and Guardian columnist) says a few useful words: ‘Prayer is not wishful nonsense – it helps us to shut up and think’.   You can find it from the Guardian 24 March, […]
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