JUSTICE AND MERCY: A TALE OF TWO PROPHETS

How do we synthesise two prophetic messages in Scripture, given at the exact same time to the exact same people, that appear to be not just different but contradictory? One prophet seems entirely focused on putting an end to evil and suffering and seeing swift justice, whilst the other desperately pleads for leniency and more time before the inevitable judgment. Which view is correct or … Continue reading JUSTICE AND MERCY: A TALE OF TWO PROPHETS

VEGGIETALES DID NOT PREPARE ME FOR THIS

One of my favourite things to do on a Sabbath afternoon was sitting on the couch and watching Veggietales for four hours with my siblings, this in turn, drove my parents up the wall as we only had three Veggietales VHSs. However, that did not stop my sister and I from binge watching “Josh and the Big Wall” over and over and over and over … Continue reading VEGGIETALES DID NOT PREPARE ME FOR THIS

HISTORY HAS ITS’ EYES ON YOU

The Edge of Glory In 2015 the Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ took the world by storm. The musical focuses on the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers. Hamilton fought as a general in the American Revolutionary War and served as George Washington’s right-hand man. Hamilton eventually goes on to establish America’s national bank but dies still in his prime. Throughout the first act … Continue reading HISTORY HAS ITS’ EYES ON YOU

FORGOTTEN FAITH

Jezebel, the Queen of Israel, had just issued a death threat against Elijah (1 Kings 19:2). This threat wasn’t to be taken lightly, as Jezebel was incredibly powerful and committed to succeeding. She had control over 850 assorted pagan priests – and she had significant influence over her husband, King Ahab. “No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord’s … Continue reading FORGOTTEN FAITH

ATOM BOMBS AND BABYLON

Tsutomu Yamaguchi prepared to board his train to Nagasaki after a long business trip in Hiroshima. Luggage in hand he felt his pocket for his boarding pass but found nothing. The dreaded realisation he may have lost his ticket prompted his legs to run faster than they ever had before. With only minutes to run back to his temporary office before the train left, Tsutomu … Continue reading ATOM BOMBS AND BABYLON

WALKING WITH GOD?

How did a Persian king’s cup-bearer have the skill, confidence, and perseverance to lead the third Jewish return to Jerusalem in 445 B.C.? I have recently started studying the book of Nehemiah with friends – so we could compare opinions. Quickly, a reoccurring pattern stood out to us. Nehemiah constantly prayed. ***** As the book of Nehemiah is written in first person, it is assumed … Continue reading WALKING WITH GOD?