Monthly Archives: January 2014

Purify my heart

Psalm 19:12-14 In this psalm, David meditates first on the Creation (which speaks to him of God) and then on the Scriptures (which speak to him from God). God’s commands are “more precious than gold… sweeter than honey.” But they … Continue reading

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Being led by the Spirit

“If you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children … Continue reading

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Signs and wonders?

The word ‘miracles’ conjures up thoughts of mediaeval peasants gawping at ‘weeping’ statues, or queuing up to touch ‘relics’ of dubious provenance. Or maybe of a con man (probably American) advertising a healing show – for which he charges an … Continue reading

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The importance of reconciliation

“If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and … Continue reading

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Tales of the Unexpected: Jephthah

(Judges 10:6-12:7) The Israelites continued their downward spiritual spiral, and this time they went one step further: not only did they worship the usual Canaanite gods, but they also started importing the deities of the surrounding nations. God also went … Continue reading

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What’s so special about human beings?

“The LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7) The Bible contains two accounts of creation. Genesis 1 gives … Continue reading

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Disposing of the devil

The proposed alternative christening service about to undergo trial in some Anglican parishes has generated a lot of fuss in the national press (probably more than is warranted, considering that it is only one option among several). The theological terms … Continue reading

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