Beauty amidst the Brutalists in Bulgaria

Apologies for the rather contrived alliteration but couldn't resist. Have been in Sofia, Bulgaria since Monday and on my way now to Athens for another couple of days' meetings. Pretty intense but lots of big encouragements. Here in Bulgaria and…

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How can I give you up? An overview of Hosea

Our small groups are studying the book of Hosea this term and so last week I had the job of giving an overview and providing background for it. In my prep, I was particularly struck by the effect of reading…

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PLAY from the Conspiracy of Freedom

In case you  missed this from a few months ago, here is a fantastic video from the genii at Conspiracy of Freedom - I was reminded of it by the Simple Pastor - and it is definitely worth revisiting. Not sure…

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Confessions of a magazine junkie

Someone made the mistake of asking me the other day what magazines I read. And it came as a bit of a shock to me when I tried to work out my list. I've always been a magazine junkie, I…

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A courageous nod to God in a Soviet-era show-trial

Came across this fascinating morsel in a short New Yorker article by David Remnick from the run up to the recent Mikhail Khordorkovsky trial in Moscow. This fallen oligarch, it seems, has taken on the mantle of the dissenter from the…

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The glories of Dovedale at Dusk

Just back from a week over New Year in the glorious Derbyshire Peaks. We walked up Dovedale several times over the week, including a wonderful ascent (which makes it sound far grander than it really was!) of Thorpe Cloud just…

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Q’s 2010 in review (courtesy of WordPress)

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how Q did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health (the rest of this post is automatically generated): The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers The Louvre…

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