Category Archives: People

Hall of Fame: Abraham

Hebrews 11:8-10,17-19 Abraham, the great founder of God’s people, is famous for his courageous and sacrificial faith. Yet in essence, all he did was take God at His word, made a definitive break with his former life, and put himself … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Noah

Hebrews 11:7 God gave Noah warning of impending judgement, so that he could take action. Noah could not prevent or avoid the Flood; but by obeying God’s instructions he could survive it. That obedience must have cost him a great … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Enoch

Hebrews 11:5,6 We know even less about Enoch than about Abel. Compared with his contemporaries, his life was short; but his witness was powerful. “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Abel

Hebrews 11:4 The Biblical account of Abel’s life (Genesis 4:1-8) is tantalisingly brief, and it’s unclear why his offering should have been acceptable to God while his brother Cain’s was not (it wasn’t because it was a blood sacrifice; these … Continue reading

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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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