Understanding a Mystery

Israel or Palestine – where is it heading? A sermon by Richard Matcham based on Romans 11:25-36 “Lord I pray that the raw nerves and thin shells this topic will likely touch upon, will enlarge the capacity of us all to engage truthfully with the text and the world, and challenge us to be contentedly... Continue Reading →

Heretical Eschatology

"The Anglo-American Protestant tradition of Judeo-centric prophecy interpretation was from its inception a political theology. The tradition openly constructed friends (Jews) as well as enemies (Muslims and Roman Catholics), while cultivating occidentocentric discources that discounted Eastern Christians.  These constructions are manifested in contemporary discourses surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which cast Jews within eschatological dramas while... Continue Reading →

Zionism Unsettled

Zionism Unsettled produced by Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) (website here), released one year ago in January 2014, is a great resource for Churches working towards a more healthy and hopeful  understanding of the terrible situation between Israelis and Palestinians.  PDF flyer here. One blogger, a Rabbi no less, Brant Rosen, calls... Continue Reading →

Israel-Palestine in Perspective

Three really excellent sermons by Rev. Dr. Alasdair Black of Stirling Baptist Church, relating to the Israel-Palestine problem, given during the recent bombing campaign of Israel on Gaza.  They are entitled, 'Putting the Israeli-Palestine Conflict in Perspective.' Click here to go to the church web site or go straight to the sermon below  27 July... Continue Reading →

Demanding Baal Stewards

After taking a group of budding Bible enthusiasts around the British Museum to look at the Assyrian and Babylonian displays, it becomes apparent that what one is faced with at every turn, is the prevalence, nay, dominance of gods. Dominance in the sense of world-view, and their necessity at every level of society, social, civic,... Continue Reading →

The god of war

Ares, the god of war, lives! And his children Fear and Terror have made Zeus a grandfather! He rides the earth on his war chariot with his lover, Discord! He is a foul impostor on the earth, a god of unimaginable suffering and pain. Men flock to his side.  They cheer him and throw flowers... Continue Reading →

A Room Called Gaza

We are a big family and we owned this beautiful house with stunning land all around. We've had many neighbours from all over the world down the centuries, not all of them have been good to us, but most have.  Suddenly, one day, one violent day almost 70 years ago now, when I was a... Continue Reading →

Gaza: A UK Jewish Perspective

Robert Cohen has written are very helpful and personal account of what this current Gazan crisis means for him, as a Jew in the UK.  Below is the full copy of the article he wrote on Tikkun Daily. Robert himself blogs at Micah's Paradigm Shift and I recommend a look. Like me, Robert went to Israel/Palestine... Continue Reading →

Open Letter to the BBC

Dear BBC Once again Gaza is under massive aerial bombardment from Israeli warplanes and drones, and, once again, the BBC’s reporting of these assaults is entirely devoid of context or background. We would like to remind the BBC that Gaza is under Israeli occupation and siege. We would like to remind you that Israel is... Continue Reading →

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