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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Janey, I’m exhausted!

The gym. It strikes fear into any person. The thoughts of running and weights and machines and sweat and pain and suffering! It’s an awful experience really, yet I pay for it! It is a real struggle to go to the gym, so recently I decided to mix things up and start attending a boot []
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A place of worship?

How do you write a blog? Not a clue. Google might help. A blog, it appears, is “written in an informal or conversational style”, “often reflects the personality of the author”, “a personal online journal”. OK! Should probably give up NOW, but no! Someone else thinks that you might be interested in what I think []
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Spiritual Arrogance?

This week a pastor and several of his followers were sentenced to 30 years in prison for a “fatal exorcism” in Nicaragua. The accused testified that they believed the 25-year-old victim was possessed by the devil (or some reports say “demons”). They reportedly tied her up without food or water the chapel of an evangelical []
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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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Easter Sunday

When did Easter finish for you? Was it as you finished Naomi’s wonderful breakfast in Ignite or when the last Easter egg was eaten or when you went back to work/school? It’s been bothering me for a couple of years that after the slow build up through Lent to the crucifixion on Good Friday, it’s []
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No Capes

Anyone remember the movie The Incredibles? There’s a superhero dad (Bob) in the movie and he is just fed up with the normal job. He sells insurance, it’s a good job, but it’s not the job for him. He starts doodling on a sketch pad, drawing different superhero suits because he wants to go back []
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Bad News

“Bad news travels fast.” (American, British) “Bad news goes about in clogs, good news in stockinged feet.” (Welsh) “The news of a good deed travels far, but the news of a bad one travels even farther.” (Polish) “Bad news proceeds by wings, good news hardly walks.” (Hungarian) “No news is good news.” (French, Italian, English, []
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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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