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The end of Windows XP - a money-grabbing exercise?

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 16:58 -- James

Today is the day that Microsoft's Windows XP reaches "EOL" (End of Life) status. That means they won't be issuing any more updates for it. If security researchers (good guys), or hackers (bad guys), find vulnerabilities with it, Microsoft won't be issuing a fix for them.

This has been widely covered in the media. Apparently, a third of computers worldwide still use XP. … Read more about The end of Windows XP - a money-grabbing exercise?

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Wine on the cross

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:57 -- James

I'm not sure what to conclude from this data, but I've just looked through the 4 gospels to identify the occasions on which Jesus was offered wine to drink, in one form or another.

It seems that he was offered wine 4 times. He refused it the first time, we're not told what happened on the second and third times, but he drank it the fourth time. On the first occasion, the wine was mixed with gall (an analgesic); on the other three times it was soured wine (wine vinegar).

Anyway: … Read more about Wine on the cross

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Magician deja-vu

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 13:13 -- James

In Acts chapter 13, Paul meets a magician on Cyprus.

I wonder if, as you read that, you found yourself thinking this was familiar. Ah yes, there was another magician in Acts chapter 8. There, Simon the Magician met with Philip, and then with Peter. Here Bar-Jesus or Elymas met with Paul.

There are differences between them. Most notably, Simon was (superficially, at least) converted; Elymas was not.

Nevertheless, this is one of those passages in Acts that gives the reader a sense of deja-vu. … Read more about Magician deja-vu

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The Ultimate Plan

Tue, 04/02/2014 - 12:55 -- James

Exodus chapter 19 is a very important chapter.

Many of us know well the story of the Passover, the Exodus and the crossing of the Red Sea.

Exodus 19 tells us where this was heading - the ultimate plan. God says, in verse 4, "I brought you to myself". God brought them out of Egypt, so that they could gather around God's presence at Mount Sinai. … Read more about The Ultimate Plan

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The Sea

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 15:33 -- James

This morning, at our 8 am service, we had two readings. They weren't picked because they belonged together. We had Exodus 14 because we've resting the whole Bible as a church and this is where we've got to in the Old Testament. We had Matthew 8 because this is the BCP gospel reading for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany.

Yet they shed some very interesting light on each other. … Read more about The Sea

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