Monthly Archives: July 2015

Be happy, do good: finding meaning in life

Today Duncan preached on Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 and 3:1-14. It’s a part of the Bible we don’t often hear sermons on! The text in italics below are John's reflections - the rest is a report of Duncan's talk Ecclesiastes is attributed to King Solomon, son of King David, and there’s an old Jewish legend suggesting it was written when he was an old, world-weary old man. Certainly, there’s much mention of the ‘vanity’ or ‘meaninglessness’

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Pause for thought: holiday pictures and reflections (6)
BMPath to follow

As you’ll have gathered from this series of reflections, I love how ordinary objects and actions resonate with our inner lives as Christians, helping us reflect, and challenging us to change and action. Today, some photos of the walk my wife Lorna and I took round Buttermere. The walk was about four and a half miles – within even my capabilities! – and took two hours. Each walk, each journey mirrors in some ways the journey of our lives as

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Pause for thought: holiday pictures and reflections (3)

We drove through a high pass from Keswick to beautiful Lake Buttermere, nestling beneath high fells. The village itself is tiny: a few houses, a couple of hotels, two farms offering refreshments to travellers – and, a short distance away, the lovely old church, St James – the present building dates from 1840. What I liked most about the church was the iron ‘Shepherd’s Gate’, depicting a shepherd caring for his sheep. We saw lots of sheep

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