Mark 13 takes us to two questions. There’s the immediate question from the disciples is simple enough “when will the destruction of the Temple happen?” The second arises out of it and moves beyond one “mini-world-end” to the greater end of the world event when Jesus will return. Jesus addresses this too. Read Mark 13:24-37… Continue reading Are you ready?
Apparently and perhaps unsurprisingly, two countries have taken offence at the arrangements for mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. China have officially been invited to send a representative although President Xi is highly unlikely to attend. However, representatives from the embassy were barred from visiting the Queen’s lying in state as that is a… Continue reading When the president meets the potentate
Here’s the next in our “What the carols mean” series Lo! he comes with clouds descending,Once for favoured sinners slain;Thousand thousand saints attendingSwell the triumph of his train:Alleluya! Alleluya! Alleluya!God appears, on earth to reign.Every eye shall now behold himRobed in dreadful majesty;Those who set at nought and sold him,Pierced and nailed him to the… Continue reading Lo he comes with clouds descending
Introduction The First World War was meant to be the war to end all wars. The world was shocked by the extent of cruelty and suffering experienced. Organisations like The League of Nations and later the UN were meant to bring war to an end. Sadly history tells us that human efforts to bring World… Continue reading Will War ever cease?
For Starters Where is everything heading? – dream apocalyptic scenario then we have it. A plague running rife around the world, economic melt-down, ominous noises from Russia and a few rogue states with nuclear weapons. Throw climate change into the pot and the future looks bleak. A couple of decades ago, such factors would have… Continue reading Coming with the clouds
If you live in Greater Manchester or West Yorkshire, new localised lockdown measures were introduced at midnight yesterday. This news was released at 930pm. There have been a lot of complaints since about the lack of notice. This has been presented as bad communication. My personal view is that the objections have been overplayed and… Continue reading Like a thief in the night – local lockdowns and something of far greater importance
I started lockdown with a twitter hashtag #SummerIsComing. It was my way of reminding myself and perhaps others that although we were entering a dark period like winter when we would be locked away, huddled at home, these dark times would eventually pass. We could look forward to summer coming. I said at the time… Continue reading #SummerIsHere
Power has won another roundFreedom’s shaking, gagged and boundBut we’re not so far awayAnd all these mighty little menProclaiming dollars, sterling, yenBut we’re saving for the day These are days of selfish dreamsTroubled Kings and beauty QueensSo far awayFrom all those decomposing townsWhere starving hands claw the groundStraining for the day I hear the ocean… Continue reading Wedding Day (Revelation 22)
We’ve been thinking about how we can live faithfully now in a world full of evil, suffering and temptation. How can we continue to trust God through trials and troubles? How can we resist temptation? How can we keep going? Revelation 19-20 points us forward to the great victory there will be at the end… Continue reading Tomorrow’s World (Revelation 20:1-22:6)
“Come away from her my people, do not take part in her sins?” (Revelation 18:4). This verse is a call to God’s people to be separate from “Babylon” the code name representing this World’s opposition to God and his people. When we look back at Revelation 17-18 it shows us something of the horror of… Continue reading Victory (Revelation 19 – 20)