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Steve's reflections on life


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Living Waters
There are two seas in Palestine that are fed by the River Jordan. One is fresh, full of fish and surrounded by trees.
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Excuse My French
I’m posting this famous 80 year old photograph in hope that no one will be offended by the caption at the top.
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Canadian Tragedy
78 years ago this week 6,000 troops, the vast majority Canadian, boarded assault boats to carry out a ‘coup de main’ raid on the French port of Dieppe.
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A Class Wall
A storm of controversy blew up in Oxford when the local council resurfaced an upmarket section of a residential street, leaving the poorer part untouched.
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Meet The Author
150 years ago, there was a famous actor who travelled England with his open-air show of drama, poetry and readings.
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God In A Box
Even a fleeting glimpse at the Bible reveals a God will not be domesticated by people, continually refusing to follow their rules or live in their boxes.
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From The Hand Of God
“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God” (President John F Kennedy’s inaugural address, January 20th 1961)
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The Lost Gospel
This season presents the greatest crisis and the greatest opportunity the church has faced in a very long time. I know many church leaders who are wrestling with the enormous challenge of what the church will be into the future.
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National Treasure
So sad to hear of the passing of Dame Vera Lynn at the ripe old age of 103. The ‘Forces Sweetheart’ sang and performed to lift the spirits of our brave boys.
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Changing Church
If the statistics are true and 25% of the UK population are engaging, in some way with ‘online church’ then as Christians we must act decisively.
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Victory Drum
I think I was five years when we came across an old drum in the loft of our house in Worthing. My mum dusted it off and told me its amazing story.
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A Great Hope
The name ‘Miracle Street’ came to me in a dream many years ago now. I could never have imagined what God would do with our simple obedience to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
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Operation Ventilator
British inventor James Dyson, is reconfiguring the Dyson production line to make much needed ventilators for the National Health Service.
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Toilet Rolls And Pasta
Yesterday I was watching the news and in particular a story about ‘social distancing’ in some of the poorest communities in the world.
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Childlike Trust
One of the most recognisable photographs of the Twentieth Century was taken during the construction of the Rockefeller Center in New York.
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Riding The Wave
These last few weeks I’ve been so privileged to be able to present the life-changing message of Jesus to many people at Alpha Courses, in churches and via our Big Story short films online.
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Thank God For Facebook
Everyone has an opinion on Facebook and of Facebook! For one person it’s an integral part of their day and even their life. Others steer well clear and even despise its very existence.
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Auschwitz 75
75 years ago, on January 27th 1945, Soviet soldiers raided an isolated complex in southern Poland and liberated 6,000 captives, most of whom were dying.
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An Unusual Pulpit
Many years ago I spent some time in the Salvation Army, it was a fascinating season in my life when I was exploring what my life’s calling was all about.
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Berlin Wall 30
30 years the Berlin Wall fell after standing for 27 years as a depressing visual aid of a carved up post war Europe, a divided city, an enforced separation
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Guess Work
As the winds have lashed the British Isles over this last week or so, many of us have recalled the events of 32 years ago when a woman phoned the BBC to say a hurricane was on the way.
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By All Means
70 years ago this week Billy Graham began the Greater Los Angeles Revival meetings in a 6,000 seater tent on the corner of Hill Street and Washington Boulevard.
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One Giant Leap
I remember being glued to our black and white telly as a 5 year old boy watching the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago in July 1969.
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Say It Like It Is
This is a real plaque on a real bench in a London park! It’s so funny because it catches people unaware and has a shock factor that most of us quite like.
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Saved To Serve
Last Sunday, I was privileged to be at an exclusive event in Portsmouth Dockyard marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
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Forget Easter?
Dr John Sentamu, football fan and Archbishop, said this on Easter Sunday a few years ago:
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Brexit Flags
I’ve spent my life in the accounts of World War Two and its impact on our nation. One of the things you notice over and over again is the profound sense of ‘pulling together’
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Meet The Author
150 years ago, there was a famous actor who travelled England with his open-air show of drama, poetry and readings.
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God In A Box
Even a fleeting glimpse at the Bible reveals a God will not be domesticated by people, continually refusing to follow their rules or live in their boxes.
More...
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From The Hand Of God
“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God” (President John F Kennedy’s inaugural address, January 20th 1961)
More...
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The Lost Gospel
This season presents the greatest crisis and the greatest opportunity the church has faced in a very long time. I know many church leaders who are wrestling with the enormous challenge of what the church will be into the future.
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National Treasure
So sad to hear of the passing of Dame Vera Lynn at the ripe old age of 103. The ‘Forces Sweetheart’ sang and performed to lift the spirits of our brave boys.
More...
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Changing Church
If the statistics are true and 25% of the UK population are engaging, in some way with ‘online church’ then as Christians we must act decisively.
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Victory Drum
I think I was five years when we came across an old drum in the loft of our house in Worthing. My mum dusted it off and told me its amazing story.
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A Great Hope
The name ‘Miracle Street’ came to me in a dream many years ago now. I could never have imagined what God would do with our simple obedience to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
More...
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Operation Ventilator
British inventor James Dyson, is reconfiguring the Dyson production line to make much needed ventilators for the National Health Service.
More...
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Toilet Rolls And Pasta
Yesterday I was watching the news and in particular a story about ‘social distancing’ in some of the poorest communities in the world.
More...
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Childlike Trust
One of the most recognisable photographs of the Twentieth Century was taken during the construction of the Rockefeller Center in New York.
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Riding The Wave
These last few weeks I’ve been so privileged to be able to present the life-changing message of Jesus to many people at Alpha Courses, in churches and via our Big Story short films online.
More...
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Thank God For Facebook
Everyone has an opinion on Facebook and of Facebook! For one person it’s an integral part of their day and even their life. Others steer well clear and even despise its very existence.
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Auschwitz 75
75 years ago, on January 27th 1945, Soviet soldiers raided an isolated complex in southern Poland and liberated 6,000 captives, most of whom were dying.
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An Unusual Pulpit
Many years ago I spent some time in the Salvation Army, it was a fascinating season in my life when I was exploring what my life’s calling was all about.
More...
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Berlin Wall 30
30 years the Berlin Wall fell after standing for 27 years as a depressing visual aid of a carved up post war Europe, a divided city, an enforced separation
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Guess Work
As the winds have lashed the British Isles over this last week or so, many of us have recalled the events of 32 years ago when a woman phoned the BBC to say a hurricane was on the way.
More...
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By All Means
70 years ago this week Billy Graham began the Greater Los Angeles Revival meetings in a 6,000 seater tent on the corner of Hill Street and Washington Boulevard.
More...
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One Giant Leap
I remember being glued to our black and white telly as a 5 year old boy watching the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago in July 1969.
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Say It Like It Is
This is a real plaque on a real bench in a London park! It’s so funny because it catches people unaware and has a shock factor that most of us quite like.
More...
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Saved To Serve
Last Sunday, I was privileged to be at an exclusive event in Portsmouth Dockyard marking the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
More...
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Forget Easter?
Dr John Sentamu, football fan and Archbishop, said this on Easter Sunday a few years ago:
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Brexit Flags
I’ve spent my life in the accounts of World War Two and its impact on our nation. One of the things you notice over and over again is the profound sense of ‘pulling together’
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Incubator Or Fridge?
“God never intended the church to be a refrigerator for preserving perishable self-righteousness he intended it to be an incubator for hatching new Christians”
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Stolen Identity
I recently made the uncomfortable discovery that someone went shopping before Christmas and then billed me for it.
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Below The Waterline
A year or so ago an apple tree fell in our back garden. It was a strange sight to see a healthy tree laden with fruit laying on the ground
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January Blues
New Year, a moment of celebration followed by a month of determined effort to keep the promises we’ve made to ourselves.
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