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Ploughshares and pruning hooks

The language of prophecy is powerful, spoken with the force of metaphor and in extremes of hyperbole. Too often the rich poetry of the prophets is sacrificed on the altar of prediction, the colour drained by fortune-telling zealots rather than considerate disciples. I should know, I was one of them.…

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Bibliotheca: First Impressions

It's been two and a half years since Adam Lewis Greene launched a crowdfunded project called Bibliotheca. I'm pleased to confirm that good things do indeed come to those who wait! For those who haven't heard of it, Bibliotheca is not an attempt to augment the Bible with copious study…

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The Lost World of Scripture

It's unsurprising that virtually every Christian catechism is founded on the authority of the Bible. But there are many ways in which this authority can be understood: does it mean that the Bible is infallible? What does it mean for scripture to be inspired, or God-breathed? Were the ancient prophets…

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Discovering Sodom

In 2010 I had the privilege of visiting Israel, and the Dead Sea area. Driving up from the searing heat of the Jordan valley we left the comfort of our air-conditioned car to squint through the sun's glare at the large flat "Kikkar" plain, the "circle of Jordan". To the…

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Tales of the unexplained

We have a lot of opportunity to listen to people talk about the Bible, perhaps in a highly academic lecture, or a more practical tale of discipleship. But sometimes we find that the speaker just doesn't connect with us. Usually I put this down to the style or approach of…

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After the thousand years

In which I review a book entitled "After the thousand years". Published in 1907, George Trench sets out to survey what the Bible tells us about the time period beyond the thousand year Kingdom established at Christ's return, and what this means to us now. One of the great blessings…

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Getting to the punchline

In which I enthusiastically recommend an effective remedy for forgettable presentations, and ponder the wisdom of PowerPoint. Have you ever had a moment at the end of a Bible lecture or sermon where you struggle to remember point the speaker was trying to make? I have. Even reviewing some of…

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