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Author Nick Lear

Nick Lear is a regional minister of the Eastern Baptist Association in the United Kingdom.

Hate has been bothering me lately. Not, I hasten to add, because I am feeling hated, and not because I hate someone else. I was reading some comments online from someone I don’t know but whom I respect about the level of negative, critical, judgmental, cruel and rude comments they were receiving. It was horrible. […] Read More

In order to try to save trees and do a little bit toward helping the environment, I try to do a couple of things: I try to print double-sided (saving paper) and I try to re-use bits of paper on which I have only printed on one side (using them as scrap paper). I started […] Read More

“Top Gear” is immensely popular, attracting some of the top viewing figures for BBC1 TV. Cars are driven to places and in ways never done before. They are driven around a track at maximum possible speeds and used unconventionally – for example, as darts, converted into amphibious vehicles and more. The show does things with […] Read More

How do you read the Bible? That question has a range of answers from the simple, “You open the book and read the words on the pages,” to the complex, “You need to understand the culture surrounding the events and you need to understand the form of literature that you are reading.” Actually both are […] Read More

A meeting of United Kingdom magicians offered important lessons about Christian discipleship. At a recent meeting of the Mid Essex Magical Society, of which I am a member, we heard a lecture from Michael Vincent. It was a fascinating, inspiring and extremely enjoyable lecture. It was also quite profound, leaving me with several impressions that […] Read More

The young adults I worked with during my time as a youth minister all had the same question on their minds. As part of the program that we ran, we would talk with young people about relationships and sex. Every youth wanted to ask the question, but few had the courage to speak out (especially […] Read More

Many changed their Facebook profile picture so that it temporarily shows a French Tricolour across their image to show solidarity with the French people following the horrendous attacks in Paris. I felt moved to do the same. I wanted to express my horror at what had happened but almost immediately I was made to feel […] Read More

A few years ago I had a series of Botox injections in my forehead. It was not for cosmetic purposes, but rather to try to alleviate the pain I was experiencing from a chronic migraine headache. Sadly, it did not work. It did make a significant difference to the lines on my forehead (they disappeared) […] Read More

After giving a shameless plug for a magic show I will be performing, another term came to mind that set me thinking and reflecting: “blameless shrug.” One of Bart Simpson’s catchphrases is “I didn’t do it!” It’s sometimes closely followed by, “Nobody saw me do it; you can’t prove anything.” I think viewers find that […] Read More

It feels like we are being inundated with bad news in the form of numbers at the moment. Tragic events are measured in the number of deaths and injured people. The aggression of a country, organization or faction is measured by how many of their enemies they kill or maim. The culpability of countries, organizations […] Read More