Category Archives: Articles

The Persecuted Church

I don’t know if I have the statistics to demonstrate a genuine increase but it certainly feels as if I’ve been reading more and more often of accounts of persecution recently. Certainly there are those that think there is a definite increase. What follows are just the articles

The art of translation

This article in The Economist doesn’t have the Bible in view at all but it does shed some interesting light on the process of translation. Mr Hahn agrees that the idea of total fidelity to the original text is impossible. “I don’t think there’s any

The Curiosity Index (Sweden edition)

Here are a collection of recent articles that illustrate quite well the strengths and weaknesses of the beautiful country of Sweden. The Environment Sweden has a great environment but there’s always more that could be done. So Green Swedes shun holiday flights for lure of

The Curiosity Index (16.04.2019)

Notre Dame Cathedral Burns in Paris This is terribly sad – a genuine iconic landmark has gone. Perhaps forever. Can we resolve the gospel accounts of Holy Week? The word ‘gospel’ means ‘announcement of good news about something that has happened’; a central part of

Sticky Post

Brexit anxiety begins to bite

The morning of 24th June 2016, if I remember rightly, came as something of a shock. As I watched David Cameron, then Prime Minister resign, I struggled to come to terms with what had just happened. I’ll turn 44 this month and I’ve lived my

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