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Barrie

Christian, retired dentist, bookseller. Author - book to be published Nov/Dec 2012. Married to Wendy. 6 daughters. We host 'Liberty!' - a church in our home. Frettenham, Norfolk UK

Foundations

Wendy and I heard this week that some churches in the area are experiencing difficulties with finance. Our vision of ‘church’ is a little different than that of both the traditional denominations, and of the new church variety. But we are all the same Church, and really love those meeting in other places. Indeed, I am national chairman of an interdenominational international fellowship of Christians from all churches. We are living in ‘unprecedented’ (BBC – so it must be true!) times, and there will be much change. How will the church change? What is our vision of church? I write …

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Healthier, Wealthier, Empowered – after Lockdown!

How would you like to leave lockdown healthier, wealthier, and – empowered? While so many sit and watch lots of television, many of us can use the extra time given us profitably. And maybe learn things we can apply at other times. (And I do appreciate that some, such as parents doing home-teaching, are in a very different category from a grandfather such as myself). I have started by trying to get myself into shape. You see, my shape has not been good. Too rotund. How’s your shape? I have been around 3 stone too heavy, with a large tummy. …

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Golf Humour!

The golf club has re-opened, and I have been chasing that little white ball again. Wonder Woman insists on pulling my cart round for me, which makes it even more fun.  I have been amused at the descriptions of some golf shots over the years. For instance, you can hit – A Saddam Hussein. That’s a shot that goes from bunker to bunker. A Sally Gunnell. Not very pretty, but goes like hell. (Supposed to go through the air, but mis-hit, and tears along the fairway). An Arthur Scargill. A good strike, but achieves nothing. (The ball is hit well, …

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Who is Granny Bard?

A cousin of mine recently said, ”Barrie, put accounts of your walks on your blog, and tell us what you see.” Wow – she reads my blog. Fantastic. Bless her. In fact, I have put a walk or two on here already. OK, I am a Christian, as well as an author, writer, retired dentist, retired bookseller, husband, father, etc. etc. What a wonderful world. I used to believe in evolution, but the more I look around me, at birds, flowers, insects, mammals, and so many more, the more I see creation, the more I enjoy it. I am sure …

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SUNRISE!

PEOPLE INSPIRE ME! I expect some of you (those I know personally, or who correspond with me) inspire me.  My Facebook friends inspire me. Travel pictures, meals, adventures, etc. that they post, often inspire me to ‘have a go’.  A couple in our village inspired us this week. They shouted across the road (from several metres), “We did a dawn chorus walk the other day”. Inspiring. We were up shortly after 4am this morning. I took a quick iPhone photo through the bedroom window, and in no time, we were walking the lanes. Enjoying the sunrise. Inhaling the freshest, sweetest air. …

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Walking!

With the current pandemic lockdown, we are allowed to leave our homes for one of four reasons. One of the four is exercise, and Wendy and I are taking full advantage of this, and walking daily. We have been blessed with blue sky and sunshine almost every day, and in addition to walking, the garden has never looked better. What a beautiful world we live in, and especially so it seems to me, being in rural Norfolk. We have a large number of lanes and footpaths immediately accessible from our home, and the health and strength to enjoy them. The …

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My Simple Faith!

C S Lewis takes a look at the word ‘Christian’ in his book Mere Christianity. He explains that the meaning has changed since it was originally used in the Bible. Today it can mean a decent person, or a person who goes to church, or a person who believes in God, or… What does ‘Christian’ mean? And what is faith? I came to faith in October 1965. Prior to that, I was an atheist, convinced that there was no God. But intelligent, decent people telling me that their lives had been changed by an encounter with Jesus Christ caused me to …

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The One True God – chatting to our Indian guide at the Taj Mahal.

We have seen many images of many gods whilst in India. Our guide at the Taj Mahal told me they prayed to several thousand gods. Or more. Which gives opportunity to speak about the one true God. I tell him, “I pray to just one God”. He shows little interest. I add, “And He answers me”. Our guide slows down, and looks at me. So I tell him our God works miracles – and now he is interested. I tell him about a boy aged 10 with a deformed arm full of metalwork that Jesus restored when Wendy and I …

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A Wild Party!

I was a dentist for several decades, having qualified in 1968, and retired in 2007. That’s nearly 38 years. I was also a bookseller, opening my book shop in 1984, and being proprietor until 2004. I make that 20 years. I speak about my life at FGB (Full Gospel Businessmen’s) meetings fairly often, and one of the things one is expected to say, is what one did for a living. I ought to apologise for the fact that so many people have heard me say this, or have read it – “I am a man who sold holy books and …

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Cumbria!

We have just returned from Cumbria. We love the mountains, lakes, walks through woods, and excellent Cumbrian cooking. As ever, I gaze at the beautiful scenery, and see the fact of creation shouting out the Presence of the Creator. Romans 1 says that the evidence is so overwhelming, that no-one has any excuse for not believing. Psalm 121 verse 1 kept coming to mind. The psalmist looks to the hills, and asks rhetorically where his help comes from. ‘The Lord’ is his response. No doubt he was looking to the hills that surround a Jerusalem. Indeed, Jerusalem is built on …

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