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December 2011


What makes for a happy ending? Let me suggest four factors:  The good guys win.  The bad guys get their just deserts.  There’s a wedding.  And you finish on a song. There’s something immensely uplifting about a story that wraps up with this kind of victory.  But the bible claims that history is headed towards […]

355 aint bad

Dear King’s English readers, Thanks so much for joining me this year.  I started 2011 with about 50 of you and have finished with a thousand logging on each day.  I haven’t really made a song and dance about the blog, it’s just been a little devotional for myself more than anything else.  But I’m […]

Alpha and Omega

What is the book of Revelation?  Christian psychedelia?  Religio-political prognostication?  End-of-the-world prophecy? In chapter 1 we see that it’s a letter from John based on visions of Christ. “I, John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called […]

God is love

It’s universally popular.  You can find it cross-stitched on Granny’s mantle-piece and emblazoned on a rock star’s T-shirt. It tumbles from the lips of bible-thumping fundamentalists and soft-spoken gurus.  But what does it mean? Let’s consider four points… Because God is love, there is relationship, radiance, room and response. Relationship 1 John 4:8 says “God […]

Dearly beloved

Imagine two scenarios. Scenario 1: We are on a ship.  It springs a leak and starts to sink.  While we’re fleeing to the life-rafts, you manage to grab a bag.  Unbeknownst to the rest of us, your bag contains a bottle of water and some canned meat – tuna, spam, etc. We all huddle together […]

This is "the life"

Earlier this year I was strolling along a Mauritian beach with my wife.  We bought tropical fruit from a roadside vendor, went for a swim and then lay down on a deckchair sipping a cold beer.  I said to Emma “This is the life.” When have you said that phrase?  “This is the life”?  You […]

Gold and frankincense and myrrh

What do you buy the man who has it all? Advertisers pose that question this time of year.  And usually they answer: some kind of razor. But here’s the one occasion where the question is not hyperbole.  Jesus really is the Owner and Inheritor of the universe.  As Colossians 1 puts it: “By [Christ] were […]

Behold, there came wise men from the east

The wise men and the shepherds tend to get mixed up in our recollections of Christmas.  But actually they couldn’t be more different.  The shepherds were poor Jews. The wise men were rich foreigners.  For the shepherds, the birth of Christ was a ‘bolt from the blue’ as they went about their ordinary business.  For […]

Mine eyes have seen thy salvation

—  “Old Testament folks were not particularly Messianic in their faith.  And even if they were, it was very confused.” —  “Expectation for Christ revolved around a conquering Warrior who arrives on a white horse.” —  “Believers BC wanted the Messiah to come and defeat the nations oppressing them.” It’s common to hear many views […]

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

In science fiction, alien life forms are always showing up from another world.  Most often they come to destroy and dominate.  In Luke chapter 2, there is a very different kind of alien invasion: “8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 […]