Your Death

Death is a natural human fear. A terror of the unknown and we all must face it. None of us chose to be born and none of us can choose whether we die, but die we must. Terror is the right word too. Terror Management Theory reveals some important insights. From a 2015 book entitled... Continue Reading →

11. Jesus said, “I am the Gate!”

(John 10:1-21) We have seen that each of the Gates of Old Jerusalem rebuilt by Nehemiah following the return of the Babylonian exiles, carries particular spiritual truths that Scriptures reveal to us.  Jesus once firmly reminded the two despondent disciples on the road to Emmaus following Jesus’ crucifixion with these words: “Was it not necessary... Continue Reading →

Defend & Contend

‘Defend and Contend for the Faith’ Letter of Jude I was wondering if anyone here has heard of The Great Wall of China? Apparently it’s quite a big wall, and famous. Its origins go back to as early as the 7th century BC. The 7th century BC is the era of the Prophet Jeremiah. And... Continue Reading →

Why Frankincense?

A Christmas Day Sermon: One of my favourite things to do is burn frankincense. I started this whilst living in Egypt and enjoying it in the Coptic churches. All the way through the Old Testament, the priests would burn incense. And somehow this represents before God the prayer of the people. Even today in many... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Nain?

‘What’s in a Nain? -  Raising the Widow’s Son  (Luke 7:11-17) Every detail in the Gospel stories carries various degrees of meaning and clues. What’s in a Nain? Nain is a very small town just about 14/5 miles south of Nazareth. Both towns overlook the notorious Valley of Jezreel. ‘Jezreel’ a combination of two words: ... Continue Reading →

Touching the Hem

A short devotional reading of Mark 6:53-56 They landed in Gennesaret - on the NW side of Sea of Galilee, just south of Capernaum. This is the historic land allocation of the Tribe of Naphtali. In Deuteronomy (33:23), the blessing of Moses to this tribe reads: “And of Naphtali he said, ‘O Naphtali, sated/abounding with... Continue Reading →

Palm Sunday Symbolism

Palm Sunday Pause for Thought on BBC RADIO DEVON 28 March 2021 (begins at 1:54:05) Palm Sunday is about Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem. The Donkey is representative of a peaceable kingly power. The whole act is a deeply symbolic action. And as the hooves clickety-clacked on the ground - ancient prophesy was being fulfilled.... Continue Reading →

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