Category Archives: People

Can we rehabilitate Judas?

Of all the characters in the Easter story, Judas is one of the most enigmatic, and therefore one of the most fascinating. As the man who betrayed Jesus with a kiss and then killed himself, he has been vilified all … Continue reading

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Paul’s testimony (Acts 26:12-14)

I’ve heard that only about one-third of Christians can even remember a specific day and say ‘That’s when I was converted’. That’s still quite a lot of people. But even these apparently sudden conversions don’t often happen completely ‘out of … Continue reading

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Glimpses of the Gospel in Job

The book of Job is a somewhat under-explored part of the Bible, and definitely heavy going. The first and last sections are straightforward enough, but in between are around forty chapters of indigestible argument that goes round and round in … Continue reading

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Too much too young

Everyone likes a good story – especially if it’s a true one. The exciting and the unusual will always catch our attention and get passed around. In this respect, there is no difference between the religious and the secular, or … Continue reading

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Tales of the Unexpected: Samson

(Judges 13-16) Could we get any worse than Jephthah? The story of Samson suggests that God could – and did. Samson had everything going for him: like John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-17), he had devout parents, was conceived by God’s power, … 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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Tales of the Unexpected: Gideon

(Judges 6-8) In the book of Judges, history repeats itself with almost monotonous regularity. After each deliverance, the next generation of Israelites became as idolatrous as their parents, if not more so. This time, their punishment was the resurgence of … Continue reading

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