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Heroes August 31, 2009

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As another rugby season begins and my boots are being laced up for another year I start this season the most disillusioned I can remember. This is not due my age and decreasing fitness nor the Lions losing but how rugby has filled the newspapers this summer. The stories at Bath rugby have been one and the other has been about\’Bloodgate\’

A hero of rugby has ruined his reputation and it is hard not to look back at all he has achieved before Harlequins and question what and he has done. Dean Richards has long been looked up but not any more.

As I return from leading on two Scripture Union residentials and think about starting another term I am challenged about how people see me. I am challenged to be real and authentic so people do not have misconceptions about me but also to have good friends who give good advice and being wary about choices I face to ‘succeed’

Dean Richards

Respect July 24, 2009

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I watched Death of Respect last night. I have only just realised that it is part 2 and so will have to watch part 1. As it was looking at broken Britain it was not an upbeat portrayal of soceity but this morning a few thoughts from it linger in my head.

A key question was where does a sense of community come from. This is a tough question as the last 40 years have seen a quest for individual gain. We all know our rights and what we can get but few people know how to or have been shown how to contribute. How can we lead the way and create community where people feel they want to contribute, invest time, energy and therefore resepct where they live and forge local community?

There was a great example where a primary school was doing a fantastic job in the education of its pupils. It also happened to be an area of huge poverty where the headteacher wanted these children to be educated, have skills and remain in the community and thus being the agents of change. Poverty cannot be an excuse for poor education.

How we help create community in our local areas where we find our neighbours living and working is vital. As we do this we will help bring God’s Kingdom to our local neighbourhoods and this may be tougher and more relevant than getting people to attend our courses in church or come back to church.

Literature and the Bible June 1, 2009

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I just heard about a rather useful website that helps students (mostly aimed at A level) understand how Christianity has influenced literature and the arts down through history. It’s very easy to navigate and well presented. Check it out at http://www.crossref-it.info and pass on the details to young people you know currently revising hard, or thinking – hey there’s a year to go what’s the stress!

Love and Respect May 14, 2009

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I heard the Grand Mufti of Bosnia (He’s an important Muslim Leader) give a talk a few months ago and I’ve just found a quote from the talk that I wrote down.

‘Muslims love each other but don’t respect each other. Europeans don’t like each other but respect professionals’

Was he on to something, or is it just a nice neat quote?