Today would be a good day to be in Tokyo

Thinking Out Loud ...

Tokyo was the first city I visited on my first big overseas trip. I only had a few days there, and at that stage I hadn’t really figured out what kind of traveller I was, what I really loved to do. I stayed with some friends who were living there and had a fantastic time, including celebrating New Year’s Eve. But I think it would be great to go back there now, over a decade later, when I have much more travel experience under my belt and I know why I love travelling so much, and see more of what this amazing city has to teach me.

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What did I love about Tokyo?

Probably the initial reason I have been thinking about Tokyo this week is because I have discovered a great little Japanese restaurant right near my house that does really yummy okonomiyaki. It was definitely my favourite food discovery of…

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What do you do when you realise you’re not living out what you say you value?

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My friend Sarah wrote a great post last week called “When the exceptions to your routines become the rule” and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. It’s well worth a read!

Her key point is that our lives can change and without realising it we find there is a disconnect between our ideas about the way we routinely live and the reality. And it has challenged me to consider where this might be true in my own life.

For example, I think of myself as a person who is always on time to things. But my life is currently a whole lot busier than it has been in previous years, and that perspective I have of myself is no longer entirely true. My Book Club friends could attest to this as for some reason they bear the brunt of it – I’m nearly always late (although come to think…

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Renewing Pentecost – Originality comes from the Origins

With Dr Marty Folsom – 10th October 2017

What does it mean to be P/pentecostal?  To act in a way which aligns the whole OT-NT works of God, as fulfilled by the Spirit through His people?

In this free lecture, Dr Marty Folsom will revitalize the meaning of Pentecost in terms of following the Spirit, as an echo of God’s history of liberation and fulfilment.

The Lecture will focus on the Passover-Pentecost pattern (God’s act/God’s fulfilment) as expressed through Jesus’ first sermon (Luke 4), the Day of Pentecost, and Paul’s concept of becoming a New Creation.

Dr Marty Folsom serves as the Executive Director (USA) at Pacific Association for Theological Studies, and is the author of three published novels.  He is a Trinitarian and Relational theologian and has a passion to help people connect real life issues with the gospel.

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Today would be a good day to be in Salisbury, UK (or the difference between space and place)

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My sister reminded me this week of some of the places we have travelled together over the years. So in thinking about where I’d love to be spending time this Monday, I decided to reflect on a place we visited together ten years ago. Salisbury in the UK is well known for two of its stone structures: Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral. It is also home to the site of Old Sarum, a settlement dating back some 5,000 years. We were particularly excited to stumble upon this site, as we both read the book Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd while in high school after it was recommended by our beloved Pa. It remains on my list of favourite reads. With the areas around Salisbury as its setting, the novel tells the history of those who lived there from ancient to modern times, bringing this place to life.

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What did I love…

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