Monthly Archives: December 2012

Let’s celebrate!

Some thoughts on the why and how of worship Exodus 15:1-21 Picture the scene: the Israelites have just escaped miraculously through the Red Sea and seen the Egyptian army drowned behind them. Only a few hours earlier they had been … Continue reading

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The 12 myths of Christmas

1) Jesus was born in 0 BC The year of Jesus’ birth was originally calculated by a monk called Dionysius Exiguus during the 6th century. Unfortunately he made a slight error! The gospel writers agree that Jesus was born during … Continue reading

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The Trinity

Who wants to know about the Trinity? In many churches it seems to be almost forgotten, or consigned to some dark recess of consciousness. In nearly 40 years of church attendance (in several different denominations), I’ve never heard a sermon … Continue reading

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Idolatry

Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD; that is My Name!                                                             … Continue reading

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The resurrection of the dead

A fundamental part of the Gospel (Acts 4:1-12) The proclamation of Jesus of Nazareth as Israel’s long-awaited Messiah was never going to be popular with the authorities in Jerusalem, because of the political implications. But what really got up their … Continue reading

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Temporary residents

Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse lifesaving blood transfusions; Moslems abstain from alcohol; members of all religions will often die rather than give up their respective faiths. Each religiously-motivated behaviour appears more or less bizarre to followers of other faiths – and utterly … Continue reading

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The Author of Life

The God of life and death (Deuteronomy 32:39) The Song of Moses is a warning to the Israelites: a warning that they will inevitably turn away from the true God to the worship of idols, and that they cannot expect … Continue reading

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