Finding God in the Psalms

This is a collection of unpolished thoughts on this book which I have been reading over the last month. What I have taken away which I consider of most importance is that all of creation is worshipping God, and that when we engage in worship, especially singing and praying the…

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Shabir Ali vs Dr William Lane Craig

Resuscitation theory – liberal German scholarship 1700s and 1800s – discredited The Qur’an says clearly that Jesus not crucified( Sura 4) Other place crucifixion mentioned  in Sura 5 it is not equated with death (So can’t say they meant no crucifixion as didn’t die by it.) Core facts agreed on.…

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Jesus divine in the synoptics?

Is the Gospel of John Historical?

These are a few preliminary thoughts for an essay I will shortly write. Q. John’s portrayal of Jesus is so different to that in the Synoptics that some scholars have no confidence in its historicity. Discuss. Differences in accounts do not imply that one source is more historical than another.…

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Jesus divine in the synoptics?

Sam, Michael and Anna

Once upon a time there were three children called Sam, Michael and Anna. Now these children were best friends and all went to the same school. One day it was RE. Today Miss T. Ollertant was teaching about Buddhism. She told the class that Buddhism was the best religion because…

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Agents/recipients of wrath

There are many examples in the Old Testament of people and nations being instruments of God’s justice only to find themselves later rebuked or destroyed themselves. Jehu –  After destroying Ahab’s family (2 Kings 9,10) which seemed at the time to be accomplishing the purposes of God. We are later…

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Elisha and Elijah

Elijah vs Elisha

When Elijah flees for his life to Mount Horeb God tells him “anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet” (1 Kings 19:15-16). Elijah only got round to anointing the…

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The Judges: an overview

Judge: Othniel Tribe: Judah Ref: 3:7 – 11 Oppressor: Aram Naharaim Years of oppression: 8 Years of peace: 40 Judge: Ehud Tribe: Benjamin Ref: 3:12 – 30 Oppressor: Moab, Amalek, Ammon Years of oppression: 18 Years of peace: 80 Judge: Deborah/ Barak Tribe: Naphtali Ref: Chs 4,5 Oppressor: Jabin/ Canaan Years…

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The Oracles of Balaam

Numbers 22-24 Balaam son of Beor is a curios character – a man of extremes. He was from Pethor near the Euphrates so hundreds of miles east from Moab. On the one hand he held to what God said. He refused to curse Israel against God’s will. However, he was…

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A Crescendo of Plagues

Aaron’s Staff Becomes a Snake Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts Ex 7:11 Yet Pharaoh’s heart became hard and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said. Ex 7:13 1. The Plague…

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