Did you know that Leviticus 20:21 was partly responsible for starting the protestant reformation in England. … Read more about A bit of English history, and a call to be separate
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
Two very important things happen in Exodus chapter 24. Both are designed to encourage the people of Israel that God is serious about having them as his people. … Read more about The covenant in my blood
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
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
Many Christians struggle with the conquest of Canaan in the Old Testament. We don't get there until the book of Joshua, but to the modern mind it can seem like barbaric genocide. The people of Israel were told to conquer the land of Canaan, which was already occupied. … Read more about Genesis 15 and the conquest of Canaan
I love Christmas carols. Really I do. We had a great night yesterday, with about 20 from our church singing carols in lots of the public spaces in the village, joined in each place by some who live nearby.
But sometimes, honestly... … Read more about Daft carol lyrics
I'm preparing the third of a series of three sermons on end-times and the Christian hope. (Do join us at 10.30 on Sunday if you're around). It's great to spend a few weeks thinking about how good God's promises are, and how wonderful the future will be.
I'll read a couple of excerpts from C S Lewis's final Narnia book, The Last Battle.
If you've never read it, do so. What follows below will only spoil one tiny detail in the story, and will only serve to whet your appetite. … Read more about Let the holidays begin!
It's the time of year for Christmas carol services.
On Sunday night, at ours, we sang Wesley's final verse of "Hark! The herald-angels sing". It's an absolute cracker, rich in biblical theology, that praises Christ for his work in a full way, and prays that he would accomplish his work in us and in the world. … Read more about Jesus was essentially Jewish
I love the idea that we can buy produce here that makes a real difference to the people who make it. … Read more about Buying coffee to make a difference (did you hear that?)