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AndrewSD
I lead Stour Valley Vineyard Church, along with my wife, Emma.
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“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God, it changes me.” - CS Lewis Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at iGod
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“For I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe - that unless I believe I shall not understand.” ― Anselm of Canterbury Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at iGod
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“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement.” – St Augustine Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at iGod
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But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at iGod
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For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at iGod
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Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love. – St. Teresa of Avila Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at iGod
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“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” - Henri Nouwen Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at iGod
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One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at iGod
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Just like your cup of coffee, life doesn’t just randomly happen to make itself, there is a creator behind it, along with a complex process filled with passion, love and dedication to the end user – us. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at iGod
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The Mediterranean is turning into a graveyard. It is distressing to see such a high loss of human life in these recent weeks. The UN says that 23,500 migrants have already sailed to Italy this year looking for a new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at iGod
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What does it means to follow Jesus and walk towards the cross with him? As our church, as well as many others across the world, prepares to remember and celebrate the last three days - Easter weekend - I am... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at iGod
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As much as I have tried it has been impossible to avoid the saga of embattled Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. Now we have a conclusion. You may remember it all started with a fracas between him and a BBC... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at iGod
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A while ago we took one of our daughters and a friend to Go Ape in Thetford Forest. This is an experience that involves walking around in the treetops with the use of some wires and ropes. After a brief... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at iGod
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When someone asked me recently if I walked very much, I almost had to reach for my iPhone to see if there was an app for that. We can get so used to travelling around the place by car that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at iGod
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Recently, I had a phone call from BBC Radio Suffolk with a request to join their morning ‘phone-in’. They wanted to know what I thought about a beach hut in Southwold going on the market for £100,000. Being the church... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at iGod
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On the evening of 1st February, 1924, the New York Syphony Orchestra played Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Carnegie Hall in New York. The performance was broadcast live on the radio. A couple of days later, the orchestra received a letter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at iGod
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After taking a break from writing it’s humbling to know it was missed. Thank you. Talking of being back, how about this? “God is back”, declared a national newspaper recently. Wow! Really? Commentators have remarked, almost gushingly, that Pope Francis... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at iGod
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How do you start a New Year? Beyond the alcohol detox and rash gym membership purchase, how are you planning to approach 2014? In fact, do you even have a plan? The king’s advice to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s classic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at iGod
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Being responsible for Storehouse, the foodbank in South Suffolk, I was recently contacted by a national newspaper. They were running a piece on how London is economically divided from the rest of the country. During the interview I sensed that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at iGod
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Today America and the world remembers the death of President John F.Kennedy who died 50 years ago on this day. What will, perhaps, not be so well remembered is the death of CS Lewis who died just 12 minutes before.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at iGod
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This week I was interviewed by the Guardian's economics lead writer, Aditya Chakrabortty for a feature on the divide between booming London and a struggling rest of the country. Sudbury, Suffolk, where I live, was used as a place of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at iGod
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It is not too often I feel sorry for MPs, but my heart did go out to Labour backbencher Rachel Reeves who was humiliated by Newsnight’s editor. Ian Katz accidentally told his 26,000-odd Twitter followers how he thought the female... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at iGod
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In the sultry Summer heat of 1979 I turned on my Saisho radio-cassette player and heard the unmistakable warbling tones of Fergal Sharkey singing Here comes Summer. It cut through the airwaves like a hot wire through butter. These last... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at iGod
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Tom Waits, the American singer wrote: “Like all great things in the world, women and religion and the sky…you wonder about it, and you don’t stop wondering about it.” I think I have a curious mind, but it wasn’t always... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2013 at iGod
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The American scholar and writer Dallas Willard died yesterday aged 77. He had been struggling with pancreatic cancer, which was first diagnosed in the late summer of 2012. He wrote much about spiritual transformation and had a wonderful way with... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at iGod