I recently heard a young man talking about the picture that comes to mind whenever he thinks of Jesus. I also have a picture, one of Jesus on the way to the cross, which comes to mind particularly when I am at the communion table.  However, this young man was challenged to imagine a different […]

Understanding the Bible is premised on the idea that when a subject is mentioned for the first time in scripture, it becomes key to interpreting future mentions. The first time the word love is mentioned is in Genesis 22:2. Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love…’ This was when Abraham […]

Nearly every sport involves competition, either to beat the other person or team, or to beat an established record. So, is competition good? Well, yes, and no. While competition can help you push your limits further than you thought possible, other times it can make you do stupid things, a dare for example, in which […]

Do you want to go to heaven? If you asked most people that question today, you would probably get one of two answers: I don’t believe in heaven, or Yes, but not now. I am in the second group but to the first group I say that not believing doesn’t make any difference to the […]

Temptation is part of life. We all get tempted, even Jesus himself. To be tempted is not wrong, but how we respond matters.  I have heard it said in the world, ‘resist everything, except temptation’, because temptation is very hard to resist. Sometimes it seems that the more we try to resist a particular temptation, […]

He is despised and forsaken by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him – Isaiah 53:3. With the benefit of anonymity, there are many people who use social media to abuse, threaten, curse and disrespect […]

Isn’t it interesting how in the Bible there are a number of noticeable little things that affirm its authenticity?  In the book of John, for example, Mary is only referred to as the mother of Jesus. Why is that significant?  Well, if the Bible were fabricated, as the Cynics argued with certainty that it was, […]

There is a wonderful expression in scripture, ‘It came to pass’. I love the hidden meaning I see in these words: It came, and it will pass.  In life there are so many things that happen to us during our journeys. There are highs and lows, there are battles and there are victories. There are […]

During this time of COVID-19, I have often felt frustrated because I have not been able to do what I want, which leaves me feeling that I am doing nothing. For an active person this can be frustrating and demotivating. I therefore started to reflect on some of the characters in the Bible who seemingly […]

A bruised reed he will not break, and smoking flax he will not quench – Isaiah 42:3 Mostly, when things are broken we discard them because they are of no further use and are incapable of doing what they used to do.  There are however occasions where we don’t do that, such as when things […]