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Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come

Authors David Gatward Topical

Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come

Obviously, I'm dogged by the same questions as everyone else: why pray? Does it work? How do you know? Is anyone listening? How can it work anyway if millions of folk are all praying at the same time about different things?

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A question of Blame

Authors John Cox Topical

A question of Blame

Currently, I am quite busy writing a book on fear and anxiety, called 'Be not afraid'. In my head, it's a sort of follow-up to my book on happiness, called Happy Talk. Whether the new book actually ever gets published will be up to others. I can but hope.

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The dangers of social media

Authors John Cox Topical

The dangers of social media

The dangers of social media have been highlighted by any number of recent items in the news. And as usual, there are plenty of people ready to blame someone, anyone, for what happens. The government should do more. The platform companies should produce more effective algorithms to filter out the grooming, the bullying, the abuse. It's the schools. It's parents.

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The Lord's Prayer

Authors John Cox Topical

The Lord's Prayer

I find that increasingly I'm forgiven for being grumpy.  At my age it is almost as though people expect it of me. So I don't disappoint them. One of my little 'grumps' is that people don't trouble to remember things any more. They just get out their smart phone and look it up; addresses, phone numbers, where they live!  Like many youngsters of the time I was brought up to remember poems, passages from Shakespeare plays, history dates, prayers and verses from the Bible. It didn't do me any harm.  It provided a little store of things treasured away in my...

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A Prayer for Westminster

Authors Events Nick Fawcett Topical

A Prayer for Westminster

Extremism Lord God,we pray today for our world,haunted by the spectre of extremism. We pray for our Intelligence services -those in the front line of monitoring suspicious activity,infiltrating terror cells,tracking suspects,thwarting plots,often at great risk to themselves.Wherever extremism rears its head,may moderation and justice prevail. We think of police,ambulance crews,fire servicesand hospital staff -those trained to deal with a terrorist incident,potentially having to cope with mass casualtiesin the event of an attack.Wherever extremism rears its head,may moderation and justice prevail. We think of the victims of terrorism -those who have been killed in atrocities;those who have been maimed,often suffering life-changing...

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