Love is…

                (Love is Comic Strip originals, Kim Casali)   Love is whispering sweet nothings? Love is caressing, touching, feeling? Love is pleasurable? Love is excitement… the thrill? Love is private, secretive?   Love is doing what is right? Love is to be guarded, protected, reserved? Love is without []
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What is Love?

‘What is love? Baby don’t hurt me Don’t hurt me No more’ [Haddaway, What is love?]   ‘I wanna know what love is I want you to show me I wanna feel what love is I know you can show me’ [Foreigner, I want to know what love is?]   It’s a joke. It’s marketing. []
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Blessed Be Your Name

Last summer we ran a teaching series in Ignite called Summer Songs. Each week someone would share about a song we sing in church, perhaps talking about the lyrics, or the emotional attachment they had with the song. I shared on the song Blessed be your name. I thought I’d share it in this blog []
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Trampled on

I have a feeling that this might be my last ‘beyond the pale’ blog for a while, I feel like I just need a change. This is not to say that I have in any way covered the weird, disturbing stories of the bible and explained them all. I’ve only studied a drop in the []
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Nehemiah

Often in the Old Testament you come across these bizarre scenes of communal worship, communal grieving or communal confession amongst others. I say bizarre, because I suppose we just don’t do those things much anymore… or at least not in the way they did in the Old Testament. So, let’s have a look at one []
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Jesus

This is not a message I want to deliver, but the Bible leaves me no choice. There is no politically correct alternative. God hates figs. There I said. I know this will shock a lot of people but the evidence is overwhelming. Scripture is crystal clear. What did the prophet Jeremiah use to curse Zedekiah []
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Saul and David

‘A Question arises: whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved.’ Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince In 1 Samuel 18 we read a story that will make even the most nonchalant of us squirm and wince in our seats, particularly the males among us. Picture the scene, a young woman is []
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