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    Does Jesus disappoint?

    2014-10-08T00:00:00Z

    After four decades of being a Christian, I confess: I am disappointed with Jesus. He hasn’t delivered as anticipated.

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    Am I thinking what you're thinking?

    2014-09-15T00:00:00Z

     I was delighted to be in Australia, despite the disconcerting reality that this is a nation with a bewildering number of options for those who’d like to get killed by wildlife.

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    Offensive Grace

    2014-08-08T00:00:00Z

    It’s been an odd 24 hours. I’ve been sworn at by half a dozen people, none of whom know me or one another, but apparently despise me nevertheless. I received three messages from one young mother telling me that I made her sick to her stomach and that I surely couldn’t be a parent. In one particularly vitriolic email, I was advised that I’m as bad as a child molester.

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    Let us pray

    2014-08-01T00:00:00Z

    I’ve never been much good at prayer. Perhaps I need to join a group. ‘Hi. My name is Jeff, and I’m addicted to activity...and conversation.’

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    Love the moment

    2014-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Growing up means that you are supposed to leave childish behaviour behind. I've think I've largely succeeded. If you disagree, I won’t play with you any more, so there.

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    Small choices

    2014-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Smiling doesn’t come easily to me. I’m not Victor Meldrew with a Bible, a practised misery with facial features permanently arranged in a gloomy scowl. And I don’t see life as a safari, ever hunting for more opportunities to frown.

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    Jeff Lucas: Tents Moments

    2014-04-14T00:00:00Z

    Before embarking on the Christian journey, I was warned that the pathway ahead might be littered with perils ...

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    Jeff Lucas: Life before death... and after

    2014-04-07T00:00:00Z

    Sometimes important things slip from my mind. A person at church asks me for prayer, and panic sets in because I realise that I can’t remember their name.

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    Tougher than nails

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    Christians don’t usually arm themselves with crowbars. But on a crisp autumnal day, Kathleen Folden, a truck driver, marched into our local museum, and began smashing the glass that surrounded a painting by a Stanford-based artist, Enrique Chagoya.

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    Jeff Lucas: Longing for a King

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    My encounters with the royal family have been limited. I’d love to be able to say that I’ve spent happy days hobnobbing with the Windsors but, alas, it’s just not true.

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    Jeff Lucas: Showtime

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    Yesterday I went to a strip club. It was my first time, but not, I hope, my last. Outside, a sign screamed GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!

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    Jeff Lucas: Take it from Larry

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    In the late 1970s, the world was in the grip of a fashion demon that roamed the earth. Otherwise sensible people adorned themselves in the most grotesque garb, stupefied into believing that super-sized flares looked cool.

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    Jeff Lucas: Offended by the minister

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    It’s confession time. One of the ministers at our church irritates me. He’s a nice enough chap, but I’m finding his preaching rather boring, and he preaches a lot. Sometimes I groan when I know it’s him again. He tries really hard, peppering his talks with anecdotes and warm humour. But recently I got to the point where I decided that if I had to listen to him preach just one more time, I’d end up breaking something.

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    Jeff Lucas: Why I’m not in love with Jesus

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    It’s a question that I have wrestled with from my earliest days as a Christian, and one that vexes me still, because of who it is that asks. Jesus.

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    Jeff Lucas: Learning to hear from God

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    It’s a phrase that’s bandied about too frequently in Christian circles: The Lord told me. We’ve all met those breathlessly confident souls who imply that everything they do is directed by the voice of God.

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    Jeff Lucas: Strange Fire

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    The charismatic/pentecostal movement includes around 500 million people worldwide – about 25% of the total number of professing Christians. That’s a lot of people. And according to one man, John MacArthur, they are guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

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    Popeye Lucas: Nearly four decades of pastoral leadership has taught me this unpalatable truth: people rarely change

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    It being the New Year, I’ve been pondering potential resolutions. I’m going easy on myself this time around. Rather than aspiring to lofty, impossible goals, I’ve settled on some more reachable objectives.

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    Jeff Lucas: Unhappy Campers

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    God is a camper. And I am not. I’ve tried the outdoorsy life, lured by the gentle pitter-patter of rain on canvas, late night chatter around a roaring campfire, and the cocooning warmth of a sleeping bag.

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    Jeff Lucas: The Cactus Stalkers

    2014-03-05T00:00:00Z

    Staying overnight at a bed and breakfast this week, we found the bed to be comfortable, but the breakfast not quite so. We began the day seated around a large kitchen table shared with the other guests, which included a couple of enthusiastic evangelists. Their passion was unswerving, and unnerving with it. With no idea that we were believers, their eyes glowed with joy as they breathlessly chattered away about their vital mission.

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    Long Distance Commuter

    2014-01-27T00:00:00Z

    Known nationwide for his winsome, insightful application of Christian truth from the platform and in print, Jeff Lucas divides his time between the USA and the UK. Andy Peck asks him about his call to the US, unusual insights on church growth in a charismatic seeker-friendly church and an extraordinary build-up of frequent flyer miles.