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Under the scanner

When I first qualified as a doctor (nearly forty years ago), the treatment of cancer was somewhat hit-and-miss. If you found a breast lump, the surgeon would carry out a mastectomy – and that was all the treatment you had. … Continue reading

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Holiness

For all of us who take our discipleship seriously, sooner or later comes the frustrating realisation that we are not – and cannot be – as holy as we think we ought to be. The promises of Scripture (and the … Continue reading

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Siren voices

One of the more positive aspects of admitting that you have some form of cancer is how friends rally round to support you and pray for you. So many have encouraging things to say, such as anecdotes of long-term survival. … Continue reading

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Steam or sail?

For millennia, sea travel was dependent on the wind. Ocean currents can carry you a long way, but only very slowly; to make any real progress, sails must be hoisted to catch the breeze. A basically simple idea, yet sailing … Continue reading

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December 25th

Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th? Actually, not all Christians do; the Eastern Orthodox churches, following a different calendar, will have their Christmas on January 7th. But it’s a good question. After all, we aren’t … Continue reading

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The most important thing is…

What is the most important aspect of the Christian life? There are certainly a number of things that we should consider to be important (Acts 2:42 tells us that the very first Christians devoted themselves to apostolic teaching, fellowship, breaking … Continue reading

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If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (I Corinthians 13:2) It is pointless to copy the … Continue reading

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