An Evangelical Church in the Heart of Thatcham

The “Nudge unit”

The picture on the front was that of an elephant pushing the baby along with its trunk, the title:  “Nudge” by Prof Richard H Thaler who has just now been awarded a Nobel prize. The previous Prime Minister took up some of his ideas in the creation of an internal depar
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UV Footie

One thing I admit I’ve been completely in the dark about is how much fun can be had gathering together for a game of indoor footie.
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Gem of a story

This week will have seen Sotheby’s auction an exceptionally sized diamond weighing in at 26 carats
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Getting over the overture

How would you like to die at the grand old age of 146? Mbah Gotho, a Christian man from Sragen
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Cake or biscuit?

No doubt, at some point, someone has asked you one of those rather silly questions
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Endless brick walls

I still remember the day just as vividly as when it first happened 30 years back.
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Are we forgetting the lines?

First it was Stacey Solomon reading her lines from a clipboard at the panto and then it was Patti Smith
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Picture perfect

Every year Girlguiding in the UK carries out a survey on Girls’ Attitudes.
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Supercars

About the closest I ever come to a supercar is the Top Gear calendar! Yes, sad, I know.
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Pls and Thx

It was just the other month when the story broke of an 86-year-old grandmother who
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My X makes me human

They say that, “X marks the spot”, but what would X be in your life that makes you most human?
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Humankind’s greatest friend is?

Humankind’s greatest friend is …?   The latest edition of the Smithsonian Institute Magazine had this opening statement:
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Picture Power or Person Power

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words – well recently some research
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Perfect parsnip

The celebrity chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, has recently been in the spotlight
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Robot love

I read in the paper an article which stated: “The robots are coming.
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Picturing compassion

It was the image of policeman Mehmet Ciplak carrying the three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s
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The sharp end of forgiveness

Vincent Uzomah was doing the job he loved and, for now at least, he cannot face going back to it. 
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Cheerleader Mourning

The headline read: “Cheerleading world mourns ‘founder’ Lawrence Herkimer”.
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Order! Order!

It was playful stuff recently appointing the Speaker of the House of Commons by re-enacting the centuries old
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Suffering wordsmiths

As an occasional radio presenter with Newbury & Thatcham’s very own Kennet Radio, you will not be overly
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Eyes wide shut

Until very recently, if you had asked me what blind people see, I would have answered without any real hesitation,
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First impressions, worst impressions?

The events of the Paris massacres at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and elsewhere
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Born only to die as it sleeps?

November 12th witnessed the Philae lander’s bumpy arrival on 67P. The new birth had taken 10 years from when the Rosetta
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7 Of The Best

 
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10 million people said ‘Yes’ in 72 hours

What would create a festival atmosphere in Tokyo, causing thousands to take to the streets in fancy dress?
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Vacuum joke gets clean sweep

It was voted top joke this year at the Edinburgh Fringe by the comedian Tim Vine: “I decided to sell my Hoover… well it was just collecting dust.”
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When two words won’t do

  It was this month I bumped into a BBC article highlighting a new word that seems to be doing the rounds at the present: ableism. The article explained:
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Darn those knees!

A brief story if I may: Two pastors’ wives were sitting mending their husbands’ trousers. One of them said to the other, “My poor Andrew,
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Bola on the Andrew Peach Breakfast Show

Bola, whilst out and about talks to Andrew Peach on his morning show and introduces him to Puff-Puffs etc.
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Pastor Hedley on Andrew Peach Breakfast Show

Minding my own business out and about in Thatcham Town Centre on Monday 27th January 2014 and I spy the BBC Radio Berkshire car and Bridgitte Tetteh scouting around for likely interview candidates – so here we go Lord – in for a penny in for a pound.
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Bola on BBC Radio Berkshire Sunday Evening Show

Bola talks about her faith and her love of cooking and how they combine.
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Putting 3,000 Lifetimes to Work

2014 is here, normality has returned and the festive season is barely more than a fading memory. 
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A Tertium Quid

I’ll save you some taps diving off to Google for a quick Latin refresher. The term tertium quid:
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A long obedience in the same direction

The story of Noah and his ark is one that is well known. The bible is literally chock full of stories
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When what you want is wanting

What if you could create a world exactly the way you wanted it? I could imagine that for many the construction would include:
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Didn’t he do well

Bruce Forsyth was recently in the news voicing concerns that there could be a shadow side to Britain’s Got Talent with young
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Kicking up a mighty royal stink!

Having quite a fair slice of good old British reserve, I’m not usually the type who likes to make a big fuss.
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Getting properly drunk

You could be forgiven for thinking that it is only in more recent days that people have really learned how to party.
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Commitment a dirty word

In a great many settings today commitment is seen as something which is highly likely to limit our lifestyles
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Loving interference

If there is anything that people routinely hate and can even drive them to distraction, it is interference.
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Countering silliness with silliness

Have you ever said or heard someone else say: “Well of course we’re not under law but under grace”.
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Having a bone to pick

Fear would always grip me when my mother would suddenly say “Hedley, I have a bone to pick with you”!
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Contemplating tax evasion?

I think we can take it for read that no one much likes paying taxes. On one occasion Jesus got cornered over this rather
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When the Jubilee reached Galilee

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has granted people up and down the land occasion to truly celebrate.
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Assumptions, assumptions

The apostle Paul wrote a very odd thing in a letter to Christian believers, he said:
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Ever commanding, ever demanding?

Many in our day take a somewhat dim view of God. Perhaps, right now, that’s you.
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Poems don’t have to rhyme

Do you sometimes think that your life has neither rhyme nor reason. You look back over
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Daydreaming in the night

From our earliest moments we crave security, to be gathered up in our mother’s arms. And which
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Magnificent or mangled

It was one of the strangest prayers ever uttered. He was called to preach before the
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Where’s Wally

No doubt many of us have seen the “Where’s Wally” books. Double-page colour spreads
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All your eggs in one basket

We all know the common-sense proverb which says “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”.
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Which side of the moon?

I want you to picture a day where God, without any warning, decides that mankind will have
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A question of fruit

Jesus did much of his teaching by telling stories and he even gave us a couple of trilogies,
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An Epiphany on Epiphany?

At this time of year people celebrate Epiphany and only one month ago Susan Philipsz won
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Contribution or sacrifice?

Two professors were having breakfast together and were debating whether making a contribution or making
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Turning us upside down

I came across the story of a rally car driver who was a truly forward thinking person. He had a sign which he placed on his
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Not what I would have written

Reading the Bible, even for seasoned readers like me, has its challenges and I want to share a simple tip with you
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When second best is not best

Did you ever bring home your school report thinking you would get praise? You looked at your parents face to see whether
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Circular thinking

Talking about whether the Bible is a divine book or a thoroughly human production is one of those subjects that usually
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Good to be in a bind

Baptising two Christian believers yesterday has put me in mind of a story. A sailing vessel was at the point of
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Fire survival

We’ve all seen scary adverts about fire safety in our homes. Images of being rudely awakened from sleep by the
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The graveyard of good intentions

It is wonderful to be at the start of a new year and let me take this opportunity to wish everyone all of God’s richest
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The R-word

To many of us the word repentance, at least on first hearing, comes across as a bit
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Mining the minute

Some of us have what is called the gift of the gab, well the apostle Paul, who wrote many
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Exploding sermons

The story is told, most likely an urban legend, of a woman found in her car with the windows
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Being a Christian unbeliever

I think it would be true to say that very few Christians have ever thought of themselves as
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Engraved and in earnest

I wonder what the typical ways are whereby we show that we are truly in earnest about
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In at the beginning

From my early school days I remember seeing those classic evolutionary diagrams: humble
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What do YOU want?

Jesus, fulfilling His role as a teacher, was asked a great many questions by a great many
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Conformity or Christianity

Recently I came across this story that got me thinking: There once was a good
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You’re a little devil!

Here’s a riddle to begin with: I’m longed for by my adoring parents, then I’m frequently hushed by those same
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Faux pas – N’est ce pas!!

We’ve all done them – those social blunders, those miscalculated words that have tumbled from our lips only to
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Up close and personal

By many today the idea that someone can truly “know” God is rather fanciful and would perhaps fit in the category of
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Use yer loaf!!

The story is told of a certain Mr. Odd, a lawyer who hated his name with a passion. In fact he hated it so much that he had his
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Why Jesus wants no fan club

For many sports fans and armchair spectators it is a sadness that both EURO 2008 and Wimbledon are now over.
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Misspellers untie!!

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny
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Spagetti trees

From my childhood, I have only very few remaining memories of watching our rather large wood-encased television set
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Uncovering Sin – A Way For Moving Forward

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ZoomTesting

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ZoomSounds

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Messages Post

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