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Is the Bible ambiguous on slavery?

It’s an argument that comes up fairly regularly when people are trying to make a point about how Christians have often ended up on, what they see as, the wrong side of justice issues. Look at slavery, look at women, look at sexuality. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Or so the argument goes. And of course the history of Christianity is littered with bad examples or very mixed examples. Take two heroes of evangelical history: George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards. Both great men. Both slave owners. Product of their times you might…

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The ebb and flow

Just recently, I was out for a walk in the forest with my family and we came across a giant anthill. From around 10 metres away it just looked like a hill of brown earth and pine needles, but as you approached you could see that the whole top of this hill was moving as millions of ants went about doing whatever it is millions of ants do (I wasn’t going to get too close). People are like ants in lots of ways, we swarm about bumping into each other…

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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 that I’ve come across without having to go look for them and it might give you a sense of why I feel that way. We need to think about how should we respond to the persecution of Christians. Globally these are The Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Be a Christian in 2019 (and…

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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 question that we want to be faithful,” he says, but “the question is what we are choosing to be faithful to. Sometimes you’re being faithful to the spirit of the book in ways that are quite profound and subtle and have very little to do…

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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 train and in a development I’m a big personal fan of Why Sweden Wants to Revive Europe’s Night Trains The wrong sort of equality Sweden prides itself on being an equal society or at least leading the way to becoming one. This may not…

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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 the Christian claim is that, in the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has done something, and so we cannot evade question of what exactly happened and when. Sceptics (both popular and academic) make much of these apparent inconsistencies, so there is an apologetic task…

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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 whole life as a citizen, not just of the UK, but of Europe. And now that’s about to change (probably). As a teenager I’d left my council estate and made my way to university. I took day trips to Paris & Amsterdam. I studied on…

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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 read book. It is hard to follow and also it speaks about characteristics of God and mankind that many would choose to ignore. It speaks about mankind’s addiction to sin and God’s anger at them but throughout the whole book there is a compassion and gentleness…

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