Author Archives: Emily

God is love

I came across this in Matthew Henry’s commentary on the Bible, in reference to 1 John 4:14-16. I’m going to quote the whole section because it’s well worth pondering on. The history of the Lord Christ is the history of … Continue reading

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The Good God

I owe much of my understanding of the beautiful doctrine of the Trinity to Mike Reeves, author of ‘The Good God’, a book I am currently re-reading for the umpteenth time for a church training day coming up in a … Continue reading

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An Extended Quotation from Colin Gunton writing on Martin Luther

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all. – Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian “Luther’s famous paradox can form our starting point, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Rest

There has been a running theme to how I have answered the question ‘How are you?’ in recent weeks. ‘Tired’ usually features within the first few sentences. Perhaps you can identify with that. There is so much to be done … Continue reading

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We shall be more loved when…?

​From an article called ‘Grace: What does God give us?‘ by Mike Reeves & Tim Chester, in Union theology resources. “Yet deep in our psyche is the assumption that we shall be more loved when (and only when) we make ourselves more … Continue reading

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What’s Best Next

I’ve had a few conversations with people at church, at work and amongst friends recently about how many things there are to do in life, and how little time we have. If you’re feeling like that – swamped by deadlines, … Continue reading

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Primary Wonder

Days pass when I forget the mystery. Problems insoluble and problems offering their own ignored solutions jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing their colored clothes; cap and bells. And … Continue reading

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‘To this wisp of smoke…’

Commenting on 1 Peter 1:3-5, Paul Blackham writes the following: Life in this passing age is so fragile and fleeting. As the Scriptures say, our life is like smoke that quickly disappears. Whatever we achieve is soon forgotten. Who remembers … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

This is magnificent.

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Saying Goodbye

Last night at my church small group, we began talking about returning home and reverse culture shock. Many in the group will, in the next few months, uproot themselves from the lives they’ve built here in Norwich and move – … Continue reading

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