Shame and curse

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Has The Flood dealt with the problem of sin and evil? Lest we are tempted to think that righteous Noah has brought an end to sin, guilt, shame and curse, there is a follow up to the Flood narrative. Read Genesis 9:18-29 We are reminded again of Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth,  all humanity… Continue reading Shame and curse

Signed, sealed, delivered

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How can we be sure that we have peace with God and are safe through and from judgement.  Ultimately our assurance and security are found in what the New Testament teaches us about being justified with God (Romans 5:1-2).  However, there are some important clues in the Old Testament pointing towards this. Read Genesis 9:9-17… Continue reading Signed, sealed, delivered

The missing verse of Christmas

I wonder what the preacher will preach on today at the Christmas Day service.  There’s a good likelihood that he will pick up on the account in Luke 2.  If they do, I suspect that the reading will focus on v1-20. We’ll hear about the census, the journey to Bethlehem. We may well hear quite… Continue reading The missing verse of Christmas

Not without hope

Genesis 11 paints a pretty hopeless picture.  The new, post flood humanity have in effect squandered the blessings and privileges of the covenant with Noah. Their hubristic rebellion against God has been crushed, they are divided by language and scattered across the world of the day.  However, at the end of the chapter, we are… Continue reading Not without hope

Needing a Saviour

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If the start of Genesis 6 helps us to see the full extent of the problem of sin, then the rest of this section, taking us through to Genesis 9 helps us to begin to see God’s solution to the problem of sin both in terms of his creation in general and specifically for humanity. … Continue reading Needing a Saviour

When your argument proves more than you want it to…

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I’m going to try and start to wrap up my mini-series about baptism -which is more correctly about good Biblical exegesis.* Right back in my first article I said that putting the phrase “for you and your children” back into context “makes it clear that the promise is for those it is proclaimed to not… Continue reading When your argument proves more than you want it to…

Honey From the Rock

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I was a late comer to the mixing of sweet and savoury. I could not wrap my head around the idea of adding bacon to a delicious plate of pancakes and syrup. As for salted caramel, that sounded just plain wrong. However I must concede that it really works. The salt offsets the sugar so… Continue reading Honey From the Rock

Handover (Deuteronomy 31)

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These last few weeks have been slightly peculiar for me.  Anyone who has come to the end of an employment position or even voluntary role will be familiar with this.  I remain employed at the Chapel until the end of the year and part of the eldership. There are lots of things that are happening… Continue reading Handover (Deuteronomy 31)