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Signing off

Friends, this is my last blog. My final service at Gordon takes place this Sunday.

I’m in a time of transition, and I find myself thinking back over the last six years.

I remember high moments, forming connections with so many, new friendships, powerful and poignant experiences in pastoral situations, special times in worship, Current Affairs, Bible study and the Good News Group, and the evolving partnership with SCUC.

I am grateful for the weekly discipline of grappling with the Scriptures, being sustained by new insights, and weaving them into worship.

Churchill and Orwell

I am currently reading Churchill and Orwell by Thomas Ricks, a book that explores the substantial contributions these two made to the defence of freedom and individual liberty in the twentieth century.

I had not seen Churchill and Orwell placed in a similiar category before. However, Ricks details curious resonances between them, not least their willingness to step outside the party line (right and left wing) in pursuit of truth.

Both suffered for their courage and recklessness.

Love

2,000 years ago, someone wrote the following:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

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.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

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