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Wine to gladden the heart

Wine to gladden the heart

It was late.  I was tired, sitting out in the warmth of the summer night.  The men had been drinking.  Good wine, it was.  Everyone was happy.  A wedding is always cause for celebration, the joining of two families, the promise of babies.  And just as oil makes faces shine, so wine gladdens the heart. … Continue reading

If…my words abide in you

I really like the weekly college chapel service. It may be something to do with it being a service where I don’t have to sing, lead the service or preach.  Though, in ten days’ time, I will actually be preaching there and, in the past, I have been known to lead the service a couple … Continue reading

The creative best

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:4-5 (TM) I’ve just done a … Continue reading

Getting ‘interviewed’

This blogging awards business has been fun so far.  Someone actually wanted to ‘interview’ me about being a finalist.  That really makes me laugh! Anyway, in case you are even vaguely interested in what I said, click here to go through to the Big Bible website.  And while you’re there, make sure you check out … Continue reading

He will not shame you

I don’t often just post Bible verses. In fact, upon reflection, I don’t reference the Bible very often.  I think I tend to assume you can figure out which passages might be in the back of my mind!  The recent post about spiritual parenting is a case in point.  I was floating around mentally in Titus … Continue reading

Revelation and rest

I had an amazing day yesterday at a session run by The Father’s House Trust. I went because it was free.  Oh yes, I still have a student mindset! I also went because if anyone is offering ministry where I don’t have to lead worship, lead the service, preach or otherwise look responsible, then I … Continue reading

Charges against Daniel

I’m reading Daniel at the moment.  Really I ought to be reading it with a good commentary nearby – it’s one of those books which seems somewhat pointless to read unless you have some help on hand to know what on earth chapter 7 onwards might mean!  But my life is kind of full of … Continue reading

Wisdom as mission?

These thoughts are unfinished.  In fact, I’ve only published this post because I am feeling brave today.  What you have here are only seeds which will perhaps one day flower in my thinking.  So feel free to comment and, when you do, please be gentle! So much of Jewish theology (at least as we have … Continue reading

The unfashionable art of memorisation

Memorising Scripture is one of the most powerful means of transforming our minds…  And if you are concerned that you have a memory like a steel sieve, don’t be.  What matters is not how many words we memorise, but what happens to our minds when we immerse them in Scripture. Hmm, thank you John Ortberg … Continue reading

Today and tomorrow…

From ‘The Emerging Christian Way’ (ed. Schwartzentruber), quoting Peter Pitzele… Today and tomorrow the Bible will need teachers who are passionate as well as literate, savvy as well as scholarly, street-wise as well as bookwise, and who can, without degrading it, make the Bible come alive as living myth, relevant, disturbing, and still capable of … Continue reading