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About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.

What’s in a name? Challenge entry – 12 October 2017 – Advanced – Topic: Storm In November 2015, Abigail stormed into the west coast of Scotland to join an elite but growing club. Having seen an increasing number of severe weather events in … Continue reading

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Don’t get caught napping! challenge – 27 July 2017 – Advanced – Topic: Snooze When I got an alarm clock with a Snooze button, I thought I was in heaven! Years earlier, my wind-up alarm would ring at 6:30am, to wake me for … Continue reading

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Learning to live the dream challenge – 20 July 2017 – Advanced – Topic: Sea-change Landing with a thump on the floor finally woke Sam up. He thrashed wildly for a few seconds but he was cocooned in the duvet which lay in waves … Continue reading

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To beach or not to beach, that is the question. challenge entry – Advanced level 3rd place – 15 June 2017 – Topic:Relax Lying under a parasol on a sun-drenched beach with a good book in hand is not relaxing, according to my wife. For me, it’s a welcome … Continue reading

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​More than just words… Challenge – 25th May 2017 – Topic: Texting – Advanced Christians should be careful when texting. I don’t just mean in exchanging messages with friends, though many of us have regretted a response sent in haste that was misunderstood. … Continue reading

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A faint glimmer of purpose Challenge – 18 May 2017 – Topic: Dull “I hate Maths, it’s so boring!” Sarah slams her rucksack down on the kitchen table and grabs a cola from the fridge. “Why is it the last subject on a Friday … Continue reading

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God is keeping his soldiers fighting!

Submitted to Challenge, Intermediate – 10 May 2017 – Topic: Agree to Disagree – Awarded 1st Place I recently saw again a toy I remember from childhood: a boxing ring with two robots in red and blue. Players controlled … Continue reading

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Infectious confession

(This piece was originally written for the Challenge – Topic:bug – but I missed the deadline. It is dedicated to the Newland Concert Brass and its Musical Director Paul McKelvie) Hi, my name is Steven and I have a … Continue reading

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Twelve not so good and true.

In The Verdict of Twelve, Raymond Postgate lays bare the awful truth that our precious judicial system is based on a myth. As the bored Clerk of Assize begins to swear in the jury for a murder trial, we are … Continue reading

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​Children should not be for sale challenge entry – 16-Mar-17 – Intermediate – Topic: Childhood Childhood is big business. Programmes on children’s television channels are interspersed with high pressure advertisements for the latest toys, clothes or even holiday destinations. Commercial caterers vie for contracts to … Continue reading

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