Monthly Archives: December 2013

Retelling the Stories: Baby Jesus

One of my favourite Christmas stories comes from my teenage years, when not one, not two or even three, but 4 secret Santas were doing the rounds on Christmas Eve. Christmas stockings had been prepared by my mum, my Nan, … Continue reading

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Retelling the stories: Joseph man of holiness (Advent 4)

  There was once a man who loved God. His father had loved God and so had his father before him; in fact he could trace the fathers and grandfathers in his family who had loved God right back to … Continue reading

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Retelling the stories of Advent: John, waiting…

Once there was a man and a woman who loved each other very much, they also loved God. The only thing that made them sad was that they didn’t have children. They prayed, and hoped and waited, until one day, … Continue reading

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The Cyclist in the Dark

Sebastian Faulks, September 5, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Where Hassan had grown up in Glasgow, the Christians (he hadn’t by then adopted the word ‘kafir’) blasphemed and drank and fornicated, though most of them, he knew, more or less believed. … Continue reading

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Retelling the Stories of Advent: John

Once there was a time when there were no prophets. Everyone remembered the stories of the time when there were prophets, but these stories were more like fairy tales than promises from God.  These prophets, these men, had come so … Continue reading

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Christmas: the female perspective.

  Mary’s Story I love him.     I love Joseph and want to spend the rest of my life with him. Boy meets girl – a fairly straightforward story really. We met, fell in love, and with the support … Continue reading

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St Andrew’s Day 2013

Galilee in the time of Jesus was thriving collection of villages, through which ran many trade routes. The people who lived there were energetic and enterprising, open minded and ready for change. It is here that Jesus chooses to call his … Continue reading

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