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Eulogies to Life

Today I heard another eulogy at a memorial service. With time you pick up certain patterns. Firstly there is a broad outline of the life celebrated. Then we hear  the funny stories – the little events that bring smiles of remembrance and love. But there is always mention of the trials and tribulations faced and usually conquered. The whole story of each life then is a mixture, an amalgam and a pastiche that is bitter sweet.

Well this afternoon’s service included the playing of the theme from Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse – a British detective series based around Oxford. And for the first time I noticed the depth of this music. It was a bitter-sweet tune which seemed to encapsulate not just the funny and the sad but the mystery, contradiction and enigma which is  life. I was going to comment of this fact. But left it, for the music had spoken the better for me.

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A Marketing Strategy

Luke 10.1-9

Acts 3.1-10

Not so long ago Black & Decker were preparing for a large promotional campaign. And to get the angle just right for their advertising, they sent out market researchers to find what ‘Joe Soap’ actually wanted. They returned with the discouraging news that people didn’t want drills they wanted holes. In other words, they weren’t interested in power tools only what they can do for them.

Now that was not a surprising discovery really. Few of us get on a bus to have a ride in a Van Hool special – we get on to go somewhere. And here is an important point for the church. Because it is often said that those in church don’t want to evangelise others they just what full and vibrant services. On the other hand, those outside Christianity don’t want uninvited missionaries selling them religion on their door-steps. Where then is the answer?….

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Israel & Palestine – Full Spectrum

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This photo reminds us of the Railway Children, cabin trunks and porters with barrows. In fact, it’s toning helps us to look backwards. Yet to see things only in black & white misses a great deal. Take the current stand off between Israel and the Palestinians which is peaking with the Gazza Blockade. Now here is a situation that is all too easy to see in the monotone of our own preconceptions, limited information and even prejudices. And certainly there is no end to the violent conflicts of justice, safety, and religions surrounding the State of Israel. However, there is also a potentially rich panorama of cultures, talents and abilities that could give a much better view for all the people of the Middle East. Since if we do look at the world in full spectrum, it is more complex but it offers us more opportunities.

After all my photo was taken only a few weeks ago and it is better when we don’t look back but use what we have for the future.

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