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October 2011

They do not practise what they preach

—  The drug-taking sports star milking a squeaky clean image with the sponsors. —  The socialist MP who sends her children to exclusive prep-schools. The world despises a leader who does not practise what they preach.  And so does Jesus.  In fact Jesus leads the way in the condemnation: “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, […]

Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's

In chess terms they call it a “fork”.  Your opponent puts you in a position where, whatever you do, you will lose a piece.  The Pharisees and Herodians (not a natural alliance) gang up on Jesus “to catch Him in His words.”  (Mark 12:13) “They say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, […]

Out of the mouths of babes

We tend to use this phrase interchangeably with something like “Kids say the darnedest things.”  But Jesus was making a deeper point.  He wasn’t only referring to children but was encouraging us all to child-like-ness.  It is not just infants, but more generally it is the simple trusters in Jesus whose surprising wisdom will shock the […]

Den of thieves

Perhaps this question seems to belong to another age, but it’s very worth asking: Where can sinners take shelter from the wrath of God? It might sound old fashioned and out of touch with today’s world. But if so, perhaps it’s we who are out of touch with reality. The word of God rouses us […]

Behold thy King cometh unto thee meek and sitting upon an ass

In the Old Testament book of Zechariah there are two commands to rejoice.  Once it says: “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. 11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be […]