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, […]

Oct 262016
BCaD - Ruth and John

In the BCaD project we’ve just finished the book of Judges. And for those who are wondering what this project is about, it is reading a chapter of the Bible each day and posting a short summary / reflection from it on social media. And if you would like to get involved please feel free […]

Oct 052016
BCaD and the time of the Judges

The book of Joshua draws to a close with the words: Israel served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the Lord had done for Israel. (Joshua 24:31) And there is a hint that after Joshua, and after these elders who had experienced […]

Sep 112016
BCaD and the Promised Land

At the beginning of June we left the people of Israel at the edge of the land that God had promised to give them. Moses, the man chosen by God to lead them out of Egypt and the one who had faithfully led them for 40 years, was dead and the people were on the […]

Jul 212016
BCaD moving on to Luke-Acts

Having just completed reading through Job we are now (starting tomorrow – 22nd July) turning our attention to two books in the Bible which tell the story of Jesus and the early church – both written by Luke (a doctor and sometime companion of Paul) to provide an accurate account of what happened while Jesus […]

Jun 042016
BCaD update

This is a quick update for those following – or interested in – the #BCaD project. For those not familiar with it, it is the challenge of reading a chapter from the Bible each day (Bible Chapter a Day) and posting about it on social media – a summary, a thought it sparked, a key […]

Feb 192016
Mercy and grace, service and rewards

As part of a project to write a daily comment on each chapter in the Bible (#BCaD) I said this about Matthew 20: Mt 20: The kingdom of God – not about what we can earn or gaining high position, but about mercy and service and self-sacrifice. A friend of mine responded to this and […]