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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.


  My aim is to die young as late as possible. I am determined to live each day till I die rather than die a little each day that I live. For me, life is a gift, and the way to make the most of it Is to seek out the Giver and to try […]


Apparently there’s a new album out by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com  Apparently there’s a new album out   by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com   Last Wednesday was a good day for me. In fact it was a Beautiful Day. You might even say it was Magnificent. Do you see where I’m going with this? Yes, The […]

Aaronic Blessing: the best (English) rendition?

A good friend’s wife is about to ‘pass over’ into the glorious immediate presence of her Lord. He’s been singing this version of the Aaronic blessing to her…Anyone know any other versions? (Most of the Youtube renditions are in Hebrew)… Thanks research assistants! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB2FVlaPM-o

The Fathers Love for a Fatherless Son

We all experience God’s love from a different perspective – this is mine, but not at all uncommon. My home life as a child consisted of my mum and I. My dad was never under the same roof, apart from a few times he took me to his football club while he poured beers behind […]

Mercy and Zeal

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, Like the wideness of the sea; There’s a kindness in His justice, Which is more than liberty. There is no place where earth’s sorrows Are more felt than up in Heaven; There is no place where earth’s failings Have such kindly judgment given. For the love of God is […]


Love’s as warm as tears, Love is tears: Pressure within the brain, Tension at the throat, Deluge, weeks of rain, Haystacks afloat, Featureless seas between Hedges, where once was green. Love’s as fierce as fire, Love is fire: All sorts –  infernal heat Clinkered with greed and pride, Lyric desire, sharp-sweet, Laughing, even when denied, […]

As the Ruin Falls (C S Lewis)

All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you. I never had a selfless thought since I was born. I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through: I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn. Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek, I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin: I […]

Dom Helder Camara’s pastoral poems

Two of Dom Helder Camara’s best (pastoral) poems (from A Thousand Reasons for Living, pp. 63, 112): By the grace You grant me of silence without loneliness, give me the right to plead, to clamour for my brothers and sisters imprisoned in a loneliness without silence! ~~ It is worth any sacrifice, however great or […]

Bridge Over Troubled Water (two Christian versions)

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” Lyrics by Michael W. Smith | from the album Healing Rain Special Edition   When you’re weary feeling small When tears are in your eyes I’ll dry them all all I’m on your side oh when times get rough And friends just can’t be found Like a bridge over troubled water […]

Psalm 27 (The Imperials): Beautiful!