Beginning with Ruth the Moabitess

January 1st 2021 “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” Genesis 3:20 ESV In a footnote we are told that Eve sounds like the Hebrew for life-giver and resembles the word for living. Is our direction in life determined by a significant choice or particular pivotal events? One of my leadersContinue reading “Beginning with Ruth the Moabitess”

Genesis 2:5-9 Theological terraforming and the Genesis worldview.

Genesis 2:5-9 (ESV) When no bush of the field[a] was yet in the land[b] and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist[c] was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of theContinue reading “Genesis 2:5-9 Theological terraforming and the Genesis worldview.”

Genesis ‘51’: Joseph manages the Covid 19 response.

God has covenanted with us through generations, starting with the special call of Abram’s family. God worked through Joseph’s parents: Jacob, Rachel and Leah; as He has worked with Jacob and Esau; and with Isaac and Rebekah before them; as first of all with Abram and Sarai… God’s sovereign working oversaw Joseph’s childhood, and JosephContinue reading “Genesis ‘51’: Joseph manages the Covid 19 response.”

The spirit and power of Elijah in 2020

What can any one person do in the face of such a global challenge? What use can the faithful Christian hope to be, beyond the simple duties of looking out for one’s immediate neighbours?  It is certainly true that exercising individual responsibility is a serious duty and can set a significant example in behaviour forContinue reading “The spirit and power of Elijah in 2020”

The LORD, Sarah and Abraham: A study in Encounter.

Then the men set out from there, and they looked down toward Sodom. And Abraham went with them to set them on their way. 17 The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 ForContinue reading “The LORD, Sarah and Abraham: A study in Encounter.”

Which comes first: the wine or the wineskin?

JUST LIKE the chicken and the egg, this question is an ‘origins’ problem. So we’d better start at the beginning! “Let there be Light!” This is how Elohim God starts creation, out of nothing, using nothing, from nothing. Simply by God’s Word speaking Into Being.  Amazing things, words.  Especially when God is speaking.  At first,Continue reading “Which comes first: the wine or the wineskin?”

Creating community with concrete

Sermon celebrating the opening of the new community building by Rahema Church, scheduled for 6-8th April 2019. (17th Jan 2019) King Solomon follows in his father David’s vision, a good vision in the eyes of our God, and after a period of good toil and work we have come to the opening day. This day, today!Continue reading “Creating community with concrete”

Obadiah, God’s secret leader in crisis.

I don’t feel very good at the moment. Its been a while since I’ve felt contentment in any deep way. These are challenging times; although the roses in our garden are now blooming gloriously, I really can’t bring myself to spend hours with the ‘Colouring book of Gardens for Grown ups’. Truly, there is muchContinue reading “Obadiah, God’s secret leader in crisis.”

Interpreting troubled times

We must all go back to school. We should thoroughly examine our opinions. We ought to pay more attention to God’s dreams. And before we seek to speak to power, we Christians should study our bibles more closely, starting, I suggest, with chapters 13 to 15 of the Book of Leviticus.