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With the 2016 Olympics just around the corner, we’ll soon be reintroduced to some of the stranger sports in the world. But forget about water polo, kitesurfing and handball, one of the strangest of them all is wrestling.
An aged aunt lived with us for some years before she died. Latterly, she would often mistake teabags for currency and on tidying her room we found enough Yorkshire Tea stuffed under the mattress to keep a small café in business for weeks.
When I was younger, I read my way through a stack of Christian books on how to be a man. You might have seen them—all orange and black covers with men silhouetted against a Mad Max-looking landscape. For a couple of years, I tried to shape my sense of self around what I read in them: the bold, courageous man of faith who takes territory, works hard for his family, and provides for his own circle.
A cross in a box.
A tiny flick of our pen, a mighty decision – not just for our nation, but for the EU, the Commonwealth and the world.
When you’re a direct descendent of Mohammed, life in Pakistan is full of privilege. Ali Husnain grew up with servants holding his bags and strangers kissing his feet. Life was about as comfortable as it could possibly be.
Yet once Ali met Jesus while on a summer trip to England, nothing was ever quite the same again.
What does ‘giving your best’ look like?
“I wanted to do the very best I could possibly do for her”. These were the words that rang home with me when a close friend described the last few years of her mother’s life before dementia engulfed her and finally took her life.
Picture the scene – you’ve been invited to speak to a group about your work. It’s gone well and there has been lively discussion and prayer. Then over coffee one person approaches you and tentatively suggests they might like to support you in your work. Your first instinct may be to clasp them in a bear hug weeping tears of relief or there may be an embarrassing pause as you try to suppress a look of complete shock. So what might in fact be a helpful response?
We probably all have one of these stories. We showed generosity to someone who seemed genuinely in need. Maybe it was a homeless person on the street, or someone in a desperate situation in our faith community, a friend of family member who just needed to borrow a bit to get them by, or maybe it was a church or charity?
blogs by the Stewardship team and selected guest writers.