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About trevfrancis

It always seems an odd position to be in; how do you distill yourself into a mere box? The short is, you can't, but I will give it a good go all the same; 23 years I've been on this earth, and 9 of them as a Christian. Books and learning are a passion of mine, as is spending time in good company. The pub is my preferred place for study, and all the wonderful insights I find there from people who I see eye to eye with, even if we agree on precious little. True friends are synonymous with family to me, and I love my family very much. Love walking to clear my head, will walk for miles upon miles if I could. At the end of the day, the best I can think of to sum me up is a pilgrim, far from home, seeking to understand the world he's passing through, and the God behind it all.

Part 8: A Cloud of Witnesess

When I was a young boy, my head was filled with stories. Whenever I listened to my grandfather Alberto, he would always tell me tales of knights and castles, kings and crusades and all manner of things that a little … Continue reading

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Does God Hate Anyone?

Some of you probably think that the answer to this question is blatantly obvious; of course He doesn’t! God hates no-one… But the bible is a complex book, trying to convey to us the knowledge of a complex, infinite God … Continue reading

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What is the Church? Part 3: The Fellowship of the Believers

I seriously considered starting this study into what the New Testament says about the Church by delving into the gospels and seeing what Jesus – the God-man upon whom the entire faith, the Church included, is built upon – had … Continue reading

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Elephants in a Closet Full of Skeletons: The Premise

There are many verses Christians ignore. Some may deny this the very moment they read that, but it is true. Our reasons are legion for avoiding them; the implications are too dark, the problem of reconciling it to what we … Continue reading

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Jesus the Protestor: Thoughts on the Occupy movement

It is hard not to look at the news these days and see reports on the protestors across the globe taking a stand against a financial system they see as corrupt. In fact, in the heart of London there is … Continue reading

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Part 7: All Things For The Good

I have held this one off for a while, because I have – truth be told – found this passage very hard to swallow of late. When all is bright and beautiful in the world, and all is right by … Continue reading

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What is the Church? Part 2: Defining what the Church actually is

As soon as I started typing the first post about the Church, I knew I was going to be here for the long haul. I realised that even more when I realised, after doing some more reading on the subject, … Continue reading

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What is the Church? Part 1: Defining what the Church actually is

What is the Church? The question is a challenging – and, simultaneously, ridiculously easy – one to answer; it can be resolved in one succinct sentence or thousands of pages, but both approaches are valid. The Church has existed for … Continue reading

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What is Church to You?

As Christians, we are all members of the Church, and – often – that means we are members of a church; a place we go to every sunday, a body we actively participate in and get involved in. The bible … Continue reading

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Part 6: Suffering Together

It is a beautiful fact about humanity that most of us – regardless of our creeds, beliefs or personalities – try to help when we see someone who is suffering. It is a basic tenet of our being; we want … Continue reading

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