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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Ananias and Sapphira

Confession time, some of you might remember parts of this blog from a talk I did in Ignite a few years ago, actually I think you can find the recording of that talk here too if you’d rather listen than read! Anyway, due to time pressures I have not been able to dig up new []
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