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I’m a wine-bibber???

“He’s a wine-bibber. Be careful.” Somebody was being warned about me! A chap who I’d known for years, had come to a meeting at our home. We sang, worshipped, read the Bible and prayed. And chatted and laughed. A day or two later he saw one of the leaders of his church (a great gospel preaching church, full of lovely people – but also somewhat legalistic), and told him he’d been to a meeting at our home. And the leader advised him to be careful – ‘cos Barrie is a wine-bibber!’ The next time the chap was round at our …

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Our Wonderful NHS!

WHAT A WONDERFUL NHS we have in the U.K. Wendy and I don’t do ‘sick’, and although I am 75, and Wendy a few years younger, an average of 8 miles walking a day does not seem too much of a challenge. But something happened to Wendy’s leg on Tuesday. Pain, and unable to stand or walk. The local doctor prescribed stronger pain killers immediately, but they did not help. Then, the helpful man on 111 said to go to A&E at our local hospital. We were seen within 5 minutes. A really reassuring examination, and out well within 30 …

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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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