Dec 232017
BCaD - Romans and Chronicles

Our journey through Proverbs comes to an end on Tuesday 26th December and we’re going to follow that by picking up on Paul’s letters – where we have come to the letter he wrote to the church in Rome. Recognised by many as the most complete statement of Paul’s understanding of the gospel of God, […]

Dec 052017
BCaD - Sons and parents in Proverbs

The BCaD post for 5th December 2017 quoted from Proverbs 10:1 which speaks about a wise son bringing joy to his father while a foolish son brings grief to his mother. A fascinating question was asked – “any idea why the different parents are mentioned on the opposing sides?” Here are some thoughts. It’s first […]

Nov 082017
BCaD - Mark and Proverbs

Over the last few months – in posting thoughts from a “Bible Chapter a Day” – we have looked at 2 Corinthians as part of our survey of Paul’s letters and have just finished looking through Jeremiah and Lamentations where the prophet predicted the destruction of Jerusalem and laments over it. Challenging times for Paul […]

Jun 242017
BCaD - 1 Corinthians and Kings

We’re going to leave David and the people of Israel behind for a time – but will come back to them shortly – and pick up our journey through Paul’s letters. We’re going to be looking at 1 Corinthians – a letter Paul wrote to a church that had many issues and challenges to which […]

Apr 222017
BCaD - Thessalonians and Samuel

After spending nearly five months of our “Bible Chapter a Day” (BCAD) project reflecting on the book of Psalms it’s just about time to move on. But let’s pause for a moment and reflect on what we have seen: We’ve encountered wonderful words of praise as people rejoice in the greatness and majesty of God We’ve […]

Apr 192017
To go or not to go

When the Prime Minister announced yesterday that she was calling a General Election one of the inevitable questions that arose was how this related to her frequent statement that there was no need to hold one until 2020. Some commentators spoke about a U-turn, others about broken promises, while – among others – there is […]

Apr 102017
The importance of the resurrection of Jesus

In an article on Sunday 9th April 2017 the BBC published an article with the provocative title “Resurrection did not happen, say quarter of Christians”. The article was based on a poll that they had commissioned – it breaks down some of the numbers, shows some helpful graphs (showing the views of “All Christians” and […]

Dec 072016
Understanding the context of Isaiah 35:1-10

I was recently asked to explain what was behind some of the language used in Isaiah 35:1-10 with references to: Desert and parched land (Is 35:1) Holy Highway (Is 35:10) These words were written to give hope to God’s people – people who were going to experience exile  out of their land – hope that […]

Nov 212016
BCaD - the book of Psalms

For our “Bible Chapter a Day” project (BCaD) we are moving focus to the Book of Psalms. Often recognised as the “hymnbook” of the people of Israel this collection of poetic writings has been a real source of encouragement and blessing to many through the centuries. They contain powerful expressions of worship, statements of faith, […]