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Hosea: A personal reflection

This is part of a series of guest posts by Kate Almström offering some personal reflection on the minor prophets. Kate is a teacher and one of the leaders of the women’s ministry in Grace Church. Originally from the Highlands of Scotland she lives in Stockholm with her husband & 3 sons. I understand why it is a little

Introducing: Hosea

Hosea is a tough book and in many ways a shocking book, it’s grimy, grubby, and hard to understand. Longman & Dillard say, Chapters 4-14 are among the most difficult in the entire Bible. Andersen & Freedman’s comment that Hosea ‘competes with Job for the

Introducing the Minor Prophets

I hadn’t planned to do anything on the Minor Prophets, to be honest, I’ve never thought of writing much of anything on them here. Then it turns out that the Women’s group in Grace Church had been reading them together. The leader of the group, Kate Almström, then

What should we learn from Harry Potter?

Tyler Cowen put this question to Jordan Peterson in a very interesting conversation. The answer: Voluntary death and rebirth redeems. Quite so, Jordan, quite so. *Which is probably why in answer to the question, are you a Christian he says, “But I would say that I am Christian

Meteors & the destruction of Sodom

I’ve got a few stories like this one saved up. This one is from Science Alert and relates to the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. Archaeological discoveries at the site of ancient Sodom seem to suggest that a meteor air-burst at

2018: How did it go?

If you’re going to take stock of your life and see how things are going then the turn of a year is as good a time as any. I have four main areas which are repeating areas of investment for me: Run. Read. Write. Lead.

The demons who never left are back

That’s a happy headline isn’t it? I wrote this before Christmas but it’s a bit of a mood killer and much more suited to January! Mike Bird reflecting on a new book about the death of Satan in modern thought says However, as belief in Satan

More nuclear worries

At some point I became convinced by the fact that nuclear weapons continue to pose an existential threat to life and civilisation. It’s a classic case of so what? Because I don’t have the resources to build a bunker and I don’t believe any power with nuclear