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The extraordinary in the ordinary
Antony Billington says the most striking feature of Luke's account of the nativity is its 'ordinariness', with Jesus born in the surroundings of an everyday peasant home. More ...
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Closeness to God helps us live life to the full
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight continues the theme of 'the myth of secular progression' by explaining why ultimately the superficial things never fail to disappoint. More ...
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Talking About My Generation?
Mark Sampson considers how certain films in recent history somehow convey the spirit of the age, and asks if “The Social Network” is a lament that social networking sites are actually driving people apart. More ...
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The opportunities and threats of a virtual world
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight continues the theme 'the myth of secular progression' with a look at the impact of the media on our society. More ...
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Christmas Ad touches a nerve
Anthony Billington says that, despite its sentimentality and commercial objectives, the new John Lewis Christmas TV advert has touched a nerve with many people and has something to teach us all. More ...
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On the steps of St Paul's
Philippa Kerr recently stopped by the tents outside St Pauls cathedral and found the many and diverse voices there both confusing and challenging More ...
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Secular Britain has lost the meaning of value
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight continues his thoughts on the myth of secular progression in Britain. More ...
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The blessing of belonging
Margaret Killingray says that belonging - to family and place - is a great blessing, and we need to demonstrate the security of belonging to Christ by building loving security into the lives of others More ...
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Life is cheap for the rich
Chaplain to the streets in Norwich, Carrie Sant highlights the plight of the poor in our towns and gives some ideas about how we can reach out to them. More ...
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Has our country lost its spiritual heart?
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight exposes the myth that Britain is enjoying a secular progression that has lifted us of the religious doldrums. More ...
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The Kingdom of God
Matthew Firth considers the links between the many Christian inspired projects which are now seen in Ipswich and elsewhere, and Jesus teaching on the Kingdom of God More ...
Jesus loves science
Jason Gardner is encouraged by the increasing number of scientists who revere their subject and who show humility in the face of the mysteries of the universe. More ...
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Broken Britain in need of a saviour
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight says the recent riots in London were not unexpected in a society where Christian virtues are diminishing. More ...
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Campaign against sex-ads bears fruit
A campaign by ex-police Sergeant and Town Pastors enthusiast, Neil Boast, to stop the sex-ads in local newspapers appears to have borne fruit. More ...
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Panic on the streets
Nigel Hopper, who was in the centre of London earlier this week, reflects on the aftermath of the looting and violence that took place. More ...
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What John did
It looks like something bad is about to happen. How does the disciple respond? Mark Greene tells a story about a man with decisions to make. More ...
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The glamour of gossip
Naomi Carle looks at the recent furore following the News of the World phone hacking scandal, and asks what lessons can be learned for Christians in Britain today. More ...
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Partnerships with the private sector
David Grimwood writes about relationships between faith-based groups and the business sector, and how to work to the strengths of each More ...
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A doggy parable?
Philippa Kerr shares some reflections on being both clean and grateful, inspired by a very necessary session of doggy washing. More ...
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Neil’s Blog
Ex Police Sergeant, Neil Boast, who helped set up and train Town Pastors in Ipswich and elsewhere, asks whether we should have ‘Sex Ads’ in our local newspapers. More ...
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A debate on homosexuality and leadership
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight explores the controversial issue of homosexuality and the church, with particular reference to church leadership. More ...
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Our Non-sticky Sticky Stuff
Regular Network Ipswich columnist, Hugh Josephs, says we need to be like super glue, but we’re more like Post-It notes. And, although this seems impossible, there is a way, because our lack of stickiness isn't the issue anymore. More ...
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The interaction between science and faith
Pastor Tom Chapman joins the debate on creation and evolution and offers a simple model of how science and faith interact and relate. More ...
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Machine constructed dreams
100 million people regularly play computer games in Europe and the US. Jason Gardner looks at the implications, and says "surely the church has something better to offer" More ...
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Recognising the power of Godliness
Norwich Street Chaplain Carrie Sant considers what happens when we choose to live as if what God says in His word is true. More ...
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Life before death?
Brian Draper reflects on the news that it now appears possible to have a blood test to tell us how long we have to live, but says that Christian Aid’s motto "We believe in life before death” is more important. More ...
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Weddings, Partnerships and Christians
Inspired by the royal wedding, Andrew Kleissner writes about changing views on weddings (and partnerships) in our society, and how Christians need to respond in loving debate and constructive conversation More ...
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A Very Special Fairytale
Jason Gardner says that the role of monarchs has changed enormously over the years, but William and Kate do have an opportunity to influence our nation for the better. More ...
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Safety nets and eternity
Mick Reynolds of Ipswich International Church writes about the lessons we may learn from safety measures used during the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. More ...
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AV or not AV?
May 5 is approaching, and with it a chance to 'change the way we do politics for the better'. Or not, depending on whom you're listening to. More ...
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A Holy Land?
Philippa Kerr says that where we are and what we are doing does matter. We influence others far more than we may think – and God can do something very special with each of us. More ...
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Tough Times..
Network Ipswich’s new features writer, Hugh Josephs, looks at those times when things are tough and God seems displeased with us, or just out of reach. More ...
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We are the lighthouse to the world!
Ipswich Pastor Ray Eyre says he has concluded that the church’s main role remains unchanged, and is simply to bring light into the world and to warn the world of the danger it is in. More ...
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The West and the Rest
Can the vexed relationship between the 'West' and the 'Rest' be reconciled in today's world? Helen Parry says there are glimmers of hope in the events of recent weeks - provided we don't forget our roots. More ...
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The Spectre of Fundamentalism
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight writes about his concern over the increase of creationist fundamentalism. More ...
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The question of salvation and judgement
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight continues his series on eternal destiny with a look at what it means for every knee to bow before Christ. More ...
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“Unless you become…..”
What is it about little children that Jesus said we need to copy if we are to enter the kingdom of God? Margaret Killingray shares her thoughts. More ...
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The philosophical problem of eternal hell
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight writes about the God who created us knowing our eternal destination. More ...
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Less Stuff, More Life
Mark Powley considers how much he is addicted to consumerism, even if not fully aware of it, and what he can do to change. More ...
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Glimpses of the KIngdom
Philippa Kerr reflects on various references to the “Kingdom of Heaven” in the Bible, and how these may be a challenge to us in our daily lives More ...
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More than Superman
Regular Network Ipswich contributor Jane Cornish says we are ordinary people but with a special message. For most of us, making God’s love known is about building relationships and showing his love and values in our life More ...
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Will all be saved in the end?
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight looks at the controversial issue of salvation. More ...
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A Spiritual Health Check
Liz Beaton says that this is a good time of the year to consider the state of our spiritual health, and to move forward in growth to experience more fruit in our lives in 2011 More ...
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Is everyone well?   Is everyone happy? 
Tony Wilcox considers the Prime Minister's wish “to make people happy”, and asks what really brings happiness – or perhaps better and more Biblical – joy. More ...
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Baby in the bottom drawer?
Mark Greene says that he likes the shepherds; they were ordinary folk, looked down on by most people, but their enquiring minds meant they were never quite the same again. More ...
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Keeping Christ in Christmas makes it special
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight asks what is the central truth in the human journey on this earth More ...
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The power of our discreet God
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight asks why God sometimes doesn't make His presence obvious. More ...
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Just celebrate...
Jane Winter, part of the Zedakah team who are currently working on a Suffolk based project linking faith communities and mental health practitioners, writes about the importance of celebration More ...
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Feeling God without knowing it is Him
Regular Network Ipswich columnist, James Knight, writes about the possibility of benefiting from God's grace without ever realising it. More ...
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You’ve got a friend?
Mark Sampson says it's not difficult to accumulate 1000 'friends' on Facebook, yet we have never felt more isolated and lonely. Are social media a poor substitute for deep relationships formed by sharing life together? More ...
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The genius mind of Jesus Christ
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight looks at the genius of the mind of Jesus. More ...
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Philippa’s blog - Troubled by others’ troubles
Philippa Kerr asks why is it that, as a nation we can be so passionate about the Chilean miners and so casual about the everyday miseries on our doorstep? More ...
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Andrew’s Blog - Remembering the Future
Andrew Kleissner says that remembering is important, but should also be a springboard that propels us to a better future. More ...
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“Strictly”, or the Cross Factor?
Philippa Kerr reflects on the birth of a baby and the rescue of 33 Chilean miners - and remembers the greatest triumph in the history of the world. More ...
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What do people really believe?
Paul Daltry takes a look at Paul's letter to the Ephesians and asks “What did the ordinary people at that time believe - and what do they really believe today?” More ...
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On Walking Away
Nigel Hopper reflects on the recent drama resulting from the Labour leadership election, and draws some conclusions about our own decision making on even more important matters. More ...
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Why Christianity is still relevant today
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight says that there is no conflict between Christian belief and scientific knowledge. More ...
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Hawking, God and Creation
Following a recent Times front page headline "Hawking: God did not create the Universe", Ipswich scientist and theologian, Matthew Firth, gives his thoughts on Stephen Hawking’s latest book and its implications for Christians. More ...
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Is the universe friendly?
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight considers a question once posed by Einstein: is the universe friendly? More ...
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Take a Break!
Many of us carry major ongoing loads and responsibilities; but the Bible tells us that we sometimes need to slow down and escape to continue to be effective. More ...
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Mission – The Organising Principle
Michael Frost looks at the way churches are organised and asks whether we should now place mission as the organising function, rather than worship - with potentially radical implications for service and community. More ...
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Searching for evidence in the right way
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight writes about how the proof of God's existence is found by looking also at what else exists. More ...
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Stepping into a better life
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight says that passion and genuine enthusiasm for the truth is a very positive thing. More ...
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Social Trends 2010
Nick Spencer looks at recently published statistics on social trends over the last 40 years and observes that some have been good and some bad - and some point to a Biblical principle. More ...
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House Rules
Ben Care writes about the relationship we have with our houses and the pressures to climb up the property ladder. He then challenges us to look at houses from Jesus’ perspective More ...
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Looking for that Eureka Moment
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight asks what happens when someone asks God to reveal Himself...and nothing happens. More ...
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Is there such a thing as a 'religious brain'?
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight considers whether some people are naturally more open to religious belief. More ...
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Capitalism: A Love Story
Channel 4’s recent programme about American capitalism showed how some Christians have either claimed it is based on Christian values or demonized it. Mark Sampson shows the risks of each. More ...
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Five Daughters
Following a week in which there has been much discussion on the recent TV series “Five Daughters”, Jackie Sears writes about the transforming power of love though Christ. More ...
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What should the Church do next?
Matthew Firth asks where our future emphasis should be; on serving a hurting world, on God in worship, or on building Christian community. He concludes that all three are important – but to achieve real impact something deeper is needed. More ...
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Do faith and politics mix?
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight asks how far should Christians delve into the world of politics and what effects their influence might have. More ...
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'You can't heal everything with fashion.'
So said Ali Redcliffe in the first episode of Material Girl, the BBC's new prime time drama in which she features as a central character. Sally Orwin takes a look at the new series from a Christian perspective. More ...
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There is something about a song……
Regular Network Ipswich correspondent Chrissie Gray writes about the power that songs have in our lives - and how God “sings over those he loves”. More ...
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A Christmas Word
Regular Network Ipswich columnist, Jane Cornish, writes about the meaning and power of words – and one word in particular…. More ...
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Brittle Britain, anxious and stressed
A new report by the Young Foundation says that, although there is much less material poverty in Britain than a decade ago, psychological needs are just as great, and some inequalities are widening. More ...
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Please don’t label me!
Network Ipswich columnist, Jane Cornish, looks at the deeper implications of the British Humanist Society’s latest billboard campaign “Please don’t label me. Let me grow up and choose for myself”. More ...
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Understanding the shocking verses in the Bible
This week regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight looks at how to deal with the shocking verses and barbaric accounts that we read in the Bible. More ...
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Finding time to be still
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight considers how sometimes God just wants us to be still and know that we are loved. More ...
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Salt Marshes and Climate Change
Charles Croydon, who was involved with the Cornhill stall on the international day of climate action, considers the effects of climate change as seen in our local rivers and estuaries. More ...
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Redeeming Unemployment
The number of people out of work in the UK has now risen to 2.5 million, its highest level in 14 years, and is still rising. Paul Valler looks at the issue from a Christian perspective. More ...
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Good news stories about Ipswich
Chrissie Gray recently saw two stories about Ipswich in the national media that brought good news, and reflected on the need to pray for more good news, both in our town and our lives. More ...
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The MBA Oath
Students at Harvard, the world famous business school, have created an “MBA Oath” that commits swearers to service rather than narrow ambition. Peter Heslam draws parallels with the monastic ideals that birthed many of the universities. More ...
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More than Sympathy?
Ipswich lawyer, Charles Riddleston, draws inspiration from Oswald Chambers in addressing the question “Is sympathy all that human beings need, or should we be prepared to speak more about the source of our love”. More ...
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Why did God create us into a world like this?
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight asks why a loving, all knowing God created us into a corrupt and evil world. More ...
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The real truth about miracles
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight looks at miracles in the context of logic and probability - an article that has generated much debate on our sister site Network Norwich and Norfolk More ...
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Breaking through the pain of suffering
Regular Network Ipswich columnist James Knight looks at the topic of human suffering, drawing inspiration from bestselling author Maria Landon. More ...
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The Graffiti Bible
A current art exhibition displays a Bible with a notice inviting visitors to add their own message. ‘If you feel you have been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.’ Jane Cornish finds their comments give food for thought. More ...
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Age and Concern
July 25 saw the death of Henry Allingham. At 113 he was the world’s oldest man and one of the last surviving World War I servicemen. Nigel Hopper writes about how the elderly can be as effective in kingdom service as the young. More ...
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Rebuilding Business and Finance for the Common Good
The Western economic model stands humbled by events. Seldom have our financial markets been so close to collapse, or our institutions lost so much value and trust More ...
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The Christian impact in a self seeking society
Regular Network Ipswich and Network Norwich columnist James Knight looks at our modern society with its materialism and obsession with celebrity and how Christian principles can override it. More ...
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Faith perspective on the credit crunch
Regular Network Ipswich and Network Norwich columnist James Knight looks at how the Christian view in tough economic times brings things into perspective. More ...
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Anglian Clergy warn of risks of voting BNP
Local church leaders have warned that voting for the British National Party on June 4th could put the well being of communities at risk. More ...
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Politicians’ Expenses and Christian Living
Andrew Kleissner takes a look at the current parliamentary expenses fiasco and draws some conclusions that are relevant to the way we all live. More ...
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The importance of being wise Christians
The second of James Knight's two articles on Science and Religion. More ...
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Bringing Christianity and science together
Network Ipswich and Network Norwich columnist James Knight considers Darwin's Theory of Evolution and bringing Christianity and science together. More ...
The political and sociological aspects of ministry
Network Ipswich columnist James Knight looks at how the message of Christ relates to the world of politics and other religions. More ...
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Easter - the world's most remarkable event
Network Ipswich columnist James Knight takes a look at the most remarkable event in the history of the world. - the Easter story. More ...
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Many Britons remain sceptical about Evolution
Only half of the UK population consistently choose evolution over creationism or Intelligent Design, according to a major report published by Theos. More ...
Opinions home
This is the part of the website where we invite local Christians to express their thoughts and views. More ...
Out-of-church thoughts on a Sunday morning
Instead of her usual visit to church, Philippa Kerr took a walk through Ipswich one recent Sunday morning. These are her thoughts. More ...
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Placing a bet on whether God exists
Network Ipswich columnist James Knight says that Christianity is not an each-way bet. More ...
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