Monthly Archives: January 2015

The not-so-naked ape

Psalm 8 “What is mankind…?” (verse 4) What are we? It all depends on your point of view. Biologists classify humans as primates, closely related (genetically, anatomically and physiologically) to chimpanzees and gorillas. This viewpoint has many practical uses: it … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: The principle of submission (4)

I Peter 3:1-7 In Greco-Roman society, the religion of the head of the household was assumed to be the religion of the whole household. This must have caused many problems for Christian women whose husbands rejected the Gospel. But a … Continue reading

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The sky at night

Psalm 8 “When I consider Your heavens…” (verse 3) The night sky has always been a source of wonder and admiration. With the help of telescopes and other even more sophisticated equipment, we can now see a lot more than … Continue reading

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One God or two?

Is the popular conception true, that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament? The Old Testament seems to be full of cataclysmic judgements (the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the plagues of Egypt…) … Continue reading

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Our generous Creator

Acts 14:15-17 Lystra was a small town, a remote backwater with just one claim to fame: the legend of Philemon and Baucis, a local couple who were said to have been visited by the gods. When Paul and Barnabas first … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Jesus

I Peter 2:24,25 Jesus our Sin-bearer (verse 24) The Cross was an example to us of self-sacrificing love, but it was more than just that: it was God’s solution to the problem of mankind’s sin. “Christ Himself bore our sins … Continue reading

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Danger – God on the loose

Through the centuries, as philosophy has developed, our ideas about God have (quite reasonably) become more sophisticated. The anthropomorphisms found in the Old Testament, for example, seem very childish to the educated modern mind. We know that God cannot possibly … Continue reading

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