Monthly Archives: November 2016


29
Nov 2016
Bishop Martin's Advent Reflection 1

1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 2.1-5; Romans 13.11-end; Matthew 24.36-44 Here is an indicator of deprivation that I suspect is rarely noted in school inspections. A primary school teacher asked the pupils in her year 6 class what they would like to be and do when they grow up. There was silence. They had little or no idea because the thought that they had any say over their future was totally alien to them.The teacher persisted, however. What about if they came top in their class and did really well at school, what then would......

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29
Nov 2016
YEAR of the BIBLE

Throughout the Diocese, as the Church year begins again, we are being encouraged to engage in the Year of the Bible. At All Saints our first reaction may be – ‘well every year is a year of the Bible’. I hope this is true, but if you’re anything like me, it is easy to take for granted what we hold dear in life; easy to assume the everything important is in place as they always have been. However, we are easily mistaken in life and if nothing else, this year gives us the opportunity......

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21
Nov 2016
Going for Growth - FAQs!

Saints’ Together Sunday It was great to enjoy time together on 6th November as a whole church family. Being all in the same place at the same place for a number of hours reminded us of our common aim to grow together in Christ as his church and fulfil his calling on our life together. What we asked of each other The main thrust of the presentation to the church family centred on the need for us to support the work of All Saints’ by ‘each playing our part’. This comes from......

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07
Nov 2016
The Truth of the Gospels

I received the question today, ‘How do we know the Bible isn’t a story like Beowulf?’ The question came from a primary school child who had been learning about Beowulf that morning. It’s a good question though isn’t it? We were talking about the Gospels at the time and so we’ll limit our answer to the truth of the Gospels here as well. There are two points that are worth considering. First, sources. The opinion of most people who study the Gospels is that Mark was written first (60s AD), followed by......

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