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Why Pentecost? Why that day?

Wed, 31/05/2017 - 10:57 -- James Oakley
Image Credit: Soreen D

Why Pentecost? Why did the Spirit come on the church on that day in particular?

It's a good question. Jesus ascended on a Thursday; the Spirit did not come for another 10 days. Why the wait? Jesus only said that they'd have to wait for "a few days", but 10 is longer than it might have been.

Perhaps it was just expedient. There would be multi-national crowds in Jerusalem over the Pentecost festival, making it a perfect time for them to hear the wonders of God in their own tongues.


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Poldark - a prime example of romanticism

Wed, 17/05/2017 - 10:37 -- James Oakley

To give credit where credit is due, some readers may spot echoes of the late Mike Ovey's CD1.1 lecture course in the pen portrait of romanticism below. They'd spot that with good reason. The section is included as a summary, and for the benefit of those not fortunate enough to have taken that course, before turning to the illustrative material which is my own contribution.


Romanticism is a wide-ranging movement from (mainly) the first half of the nineteenth century. It influenced literature, art, architecture, philosophy, theology, politics and more.

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How To: Insert New Line / Line Break in Microsoft Word using VBA

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 10:15 -- James Oakley
New paragraph / new line?

In Microsoft Word, there's all the difference in the world between a new paragraph and a new line.

To insert a new paragraph, press the Enter key. If you have "show all characters" turned on, you'll see each paragraph break with its "backwards P" icon. Each paragraph in Word has its own properties. It can have extra space above or below, it could be indented from the left / right margins, with the option of different indentation for the first line.

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