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Kiss of death

We can’t credit the Authorized Version with this one.  But it is from the bible. And it goes back a lot further than people think.  Its origins don’t lie with Mafia bosses, nor even with Judas but with Moses.  Here’s how it happened… Moses has finished the last of his Deuteronomy sermons to the Israelites.  […]

Plagues (of biblical proportions)

If you watch news footage of disasters in the third world you see people who know what to do.  This is a sad time.  The people are sad.  They weep and wail and mourn.  And this is entirely appropriate. But watch news footage of disasters in the west and what do you see? Not weeping […]

Noah

When you think of rest, what springs to mind?  If you’re like me you’ll be thinking about an absence of stresses and suffering. The name “Noah” means rest.  But the one called Rest does not come in the context of peace and safety.  It was in the midst of death and curse that the promised […]

Methuselah

If someone calls you ‘Methuselah’ it’s probably not a compliment.  He was 969 years old when he died – the oldest man in the bible. In the midst of the avalanche of deaths in Genesis 5, Methuselah weathers the storm better than most.  But actually someone else in the family tree does better than Methuselah […]

Begat

When people attempt to read through the bible, Genesis 5 represents the first hurdle.  It’s a chapter of genealogy. So and so begat so and so, then they lived this many years and they died. And on it runs, generation after generation.  And the bible lists them in painstaking detail. Why the detail?  It’s been […]

Am I my brother's keeper?

We all know the phrase.  And we all want to be able to answer yes. Tony Blair first introduced “New Labour” to the party conference describing it as the kind of compassionate socialism that said “I am my brother’s keeper.” In 2008, Barack Obama’s Christmas Day message was this: “Now, more than ever, we must […]

How the mighty are fallen

“Have you seen the news?  Flooding, fires, earthquakes, wars.  If we don’t watch ourselves the world’s going to fall apart completely.” “I fear we’ll soon pass the point of no return!” “We must be very near the end!” These are statements I hear pretty regularly about “the state of the world today.” The trouble is […]

Cherubim

When the person we love is dying of cancer we pray for healing.  We pray fervently.  But even if God grants a miraculous healing, what then?  Do we dare to ask for ten more years of health?  Twenty?  What about a hundred? How long do we want this kind of life prolonged?  For how long […]

Eve

First Eve receives her life and then her name from Adam.  But in between these two events the whole world falls apart. Between Eve’s creation and her naming, the couple rebel, death and curse are unleashed and the LORD pronounces fearful  judgement.  Yet the most hopeful verse comes next: “Adam called his wife’s name Eve; […]

Dust to Dust

Today I will stand beside a grave as they lower Fred’s coffin.  I will say these famous words: “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust” Each phrase picks up on biblical imagery. Adam was made from adamah meaning earth.  And humanity is “dust and ashes” as Abraham would say (Genesis 18:27).  But “dust […]