Many of us have been taught many times over that the gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh pointed respectively to Jesus royalty, his priestly role or his divinity, and his forthcoming death and burial.
R T France would caution us here, and helpfully allows the rest of the Bible to tell us what they signify. Letting Scripture interpret Scripture is always a far safer bet than guessing or importing symbols from elsewhere. So here is what he suggests: … Read more about Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
The Adam Smith Institute have published an article (provocatively) called The Church of England is barking up the wrong tree.
It is well worth reading, inviting us to think a little more carefully what a Christian engagement in the realms of politics and economics should look like. … Read more about The church's engagement in politics and economics
Don't worry, I won't really return it.
But I don't think she lives here, do you?
I posted about it at the time, but at that moment Mollom was yet to block a single item of real spam on the site. As I said, the jury was still out as to how effective it is. … Read more about Mollom's doing the business at stopping spam
That is one of the most fruitful questions I've asked of this familiar Psalm.
As I explained about a year ago, the book of Psalms is not 150 prayers and hymns in random order. It's sometimes hard to know exactly what conclusions we should draw from the order the Psalms are in, but that they have been carefully arranged is beyond doubt. … Read more about Why is Psalm 8 in Book 1
I'm delighted to commend to readers of this blog an upcoming day conference in North London. It is organised by Emmanuel Church in North London, where my friend Steve Jeffery is the minister. One of the things I have always appreciated about Emmanuel is the way they enjoy putting events on that will serve the wider church.
Here's some of the blurb from their website.
Technical support can be infuriating. When it gets inverted commas around the "support".
By the way, I hope all readers of this blog keep regular backups of their computers. "How regularly should I backup" is a question I'm asked from time to time. The answer is: As regularly as you don't mind losing. So have a guess when your most recent backup was done. I assume you wouldn't mind if your computer only had those files on it? Good. (If not good, it's time to back up more often). … Read more about When tech "support" doesn't