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Dark vision reordered

Then there are showers of divine sparks, says David Bryant

THE parish retreat is in full swing. The Bible readings have a lumin­osity that overwhelms us, and the speaker's words fire the heart.
The final eucharist is a prayer-filled power­house, which leaves the par­ticipants with a palpable sense of the Christ-presence. The whole world seems charged with the grandeur of God.

The final meal comes; there is a chorus of farewells, a flurry of suitcases, and all head for the road and distant home. On the instant, the vision dies; the ...

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DIOCESE OF CHESTER RECTOR for the Parish of Heswall, Wirral Is God calling you to lead our large, lively, outward looking local parish? We value Biblical teaching highly, focus on mission in th...  Read More

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The message is ‘Less is more,’ more or less

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Teenagers are surprisingly interested in God, but they have an unerring instinct for authenticity, suggests Tess Kuin Lawton  Read More

Thu 5 Mar 15 @ 15:32
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Thu 5 Mar 15 @ 10:30
Canon Beasley is currently director of mission in the diocese of Oxford.