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Christian, retired dentist, bookseller. Author - book to be published Nov/Dec 2012. Married to Wendy. 6 daughters. We host 'Liberty!' - a church in our home. Frettenham, Norfolk UK

I Love St. Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is always fun! I remember when I first took Wendy out in March 2002. She mentioned that she had never, ever received a Valentine’s card. When married many years ago, her husband had told her they were a waste of money. That year, as a single man, I had bought fourteen and sent out twelve – so I sent the two left over to Wendy, even though it was a month late! Since then, we have had a romantic candle-lit meal every Valentine’s Day. This year I was cooking, which is unusual. (Wendy usually cooks on St. Valentine’s …

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The Poor – Love Them!

‘Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker’, we read in Proverbs 17:5, and ‘Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed’, is found in Proverbs 19:7. Whatever else these verses may say, they certainly tell us that the Lord has a heart for the poor. Working in a dental surgery brings one into contact with all strata of society, from the occasional homeless person to the equally occasional sitting member of the upper house. I had both ‘on my books’, though the majority were ‘ordinary people’ like myself. …

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Dovedale in Winter!

Wendy and I have just returned from a couple of days in Dovedale. It’s in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and not the Lake District. (People often ask whether it’s in the Lake District, or assume it is). It’s my 27th time there – but the first in winter. January. We would have liked snow because we enjoy walking in it, and admiring the beauty of snowscapes. No snow. But we saw things we had never seen before, because there were no leaves on the trees. We could see buildings, and parts of rivers, and hills that we had not seen before. …

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A Jewish Week!

It’s been quite a Jewish week for me. My friend Daniel, the rabbi at the orthodox synagogue, emailed to invite Wendy and me to a wine-tasting evening on Thursday. At the synagogue. Then he emailed again, inviting to be as his personal guest at a special service last Saturday, at which the Lord Mayor and a number of Christian ministers would be present. I accepted and went. Then my friend Jonny, of the Jewish congregation, phoned to invite us to dinner last Monday. We accepted and went. The service was 2 hours and in Hebrew. But it was explained, and …

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Long Leg, Short Leg!

So much of my life was ‘teeth’. “Why have you come to see me?” I would ask a new patient. And what was the reply at times? “It’s me teeth!” I would be tempted to ask, “Oh, not your heart or your foot or your bladder, then?” My other line was the bookshop. Holy books and holey teeth, as I think I blogged last week. I did not repeat myself when I was young. I did not repeat myself when I was young. I really loved both the dental practice and the Christian bookshop. And I loved the people who …

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Holey Teeth!

I had two strings to my bow, as the saying goes. For much of my working life (though Wendy and I sometimes think we are busier now that we are retired) I was proprietor of a Christian bookshop, and also of a dental practice. I told people it was just an amalgam. When asked what I did for a living, I would say that I sold holy books, and filled holey teeth. There seem to be no end of humorous possibilities when it comes to describing my previous occupations. One newspaper article on me started by stating that, ‘in Aylsham, …

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What a Wonderful World!

At the time of writing, I have just returned from a walk along the clifftops in Dunbar on the Scottish coast. It was freezing – but I needed to try out the new walking boots that Wendy gave me for Christmas. Just 4 miles, and only a little bit sore. Bodes well, as the first time worn. Every time I walk – anytime, anywhere, I am struck by the beauty of the world in which we live. I stopped and took photographs, of icy leaves and frozen grass, as well as waves crashing on rocks just offshore. I could have …

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Happy New Year!

At the beginning of a new year, Wendy and I wish you prosperity and good health, even as your soul prospers. Well, that’s what the Bible says in 3 John 2, and we pray it for all our friends and those we love.

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Chopped Off Fingers and Toes!

“Ley them chop off my toes, but leave my fingers.” That was what Andrew White prayed after being kidnapped in Iraq, and locked in a totally dark room. For 2 days he was given water three times a day. “They were not very good kidnappers,” he told us at a recent FGB dinner. “They forgot my mobile phone! I found it and turned on the torch. The floor of my room was covered with fingers and toes the kidnappers had chopped off previous victims. I prayed, “Let them chop off my toes, but leave my fingers. I need them for …

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