Creation and Biblical Theology

The first few chapters of Genesis are setting up the rest of the book. So, just as a film or novel will return to key places and characters and just as a particularly melody will keep appearing in a musical, so too, we can look forward to the themes we discover in these first fewContinue reading “Creation and Biblical Theology”

Honey From the Rock

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 soContinue reading “Honey From the Rock”

Faithroots Live Wednesdays

After a Christmas/New Year break we’ll be back on Wednesday for Faithroots Live. One f my aims has been to provide teaching and training online, particularly but not exclusively with those called to urban contexts in mind.  So, with a little bit of free time on my hand as we await our next posting andContinue reading “Faithroots Live Wednesdays”

Handover (Deuteronomy 31)

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 happeningContinue reading “Handover (Deuteronomy 31)”

Choose Life (Deuteronomy 30)

There’s a young man, he has travelled far from home. He has had a great time but now he has spent up and is bankrupt. A famine hits. He gets a job but it still isn’t paying the bills and so he goes hungry. There’s a sheep out on the hillside.  It had been wanderingContinue reading “Choose Life (Deuteronomy 30)”

Land Ahead (Deuteronomy 29)

The two places where we are likely to see examples of covenants today are in our wedding vows, marriage is described as a solemn covenant and in the exchange of property. Within the exchange are likely to be mini covenants so that many deeds have what are known as restrictive covenants against them meaning thatContinue reading “Land Ahead (Deuteronomy 29)”

Far as the curse is found (Deuteronomy 28:15-16)

We have seen that life in the presence of the living God is about blessing.  In Genesis 1-3, this blessing is seen in terms of provision and protection for God’s people in the place he has given them. For Adam and Eve, that meant in the Garden of Eden. For Noah, this meant life onContinue reading “Far as the curse is found (Deuteronomy 28:15-16)”

Every Blessing you pour out (Deuteronomy 28: 1-14)

I want to do two things before we delve into the detail of Deuteronomy 28 that will hopefully be helpful. First of all, I want to outline a bit more about what a Biblical Covenant is and where we fit into the picture.  A covenant is an agreement between two parties. It usually includes longContinue reading “Every Blessing you pour out (Deuteronomy 28: 1-14)”

The Curse

Covenant History blessed in God’s presence, cursed by exile from it To understand the Covenant ceremony, we need to go back to Genesis  1-3.  God creates a good world and also plants a beautiful and secure garden for the first humans, Adam and Eve, to live in.  Adam is commissioned to tend to the gardenContinue reading “The Curse”

Invitation to a blessing

(Deuteronomy 27:1-14) The whole book of Deuteronomy is about God’s Covenant with his people, about what it means to live in his presence, enjoying the blessings he has given then, land, protection, provision. It is about how to do this by loving, obeying and worshipping the living God. The first eleven chapters set out anContinue reading “Invitation to a blessing”