The Gospel Explained

Everyone likes to hear good news.  The safe arrival of a loved one, the birth of a child, the end of a war – are all the type of news we love to hear. On the other hand no one wants to receive bad news.  The death or illness of a friend or family member, the […]

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The Image of God

As we know a lot depends (as with all things) on definitions.   Just what the phrase ‘image of God’ means is subject to some debate.  I have generally given the answer from the Wizard of Oz movie:  to be like God is to have a heart, a brain and courage, or from the Shema: […]

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Lead us not into temptation

Lead us not into temptation   By Lord Buckbeak The Lord’s Prayer (Luk 11 and Mat 6) is the Biblical standard for Christian prayer. It has also been called the Disciple’s prayer as it is the prayer Jesus taught us to pray.  Yet for millennia believers have wondered and debated and questioned one phrase. They […]

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Lead us not into temptation – 2

Lord Buckbeak  03/02/05 (prepared for Bible study at a local Church) Matt 6:13 ‘And Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.  Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high […]

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Essay on Purpose

Chance  or No Chance     The same Arguments which explode the Notion of Luck, may, on the other side, be useful in some Cases to establish a due comparison between Chance and Design: We may imagine Chance and Design to be, as it were, in Competition with each other, for the production of some […]

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Madonna: two women, two worldviews

Madonna, the pop singer, not Madonna her namesake, famously sang that she is a material girl living in a material world.  Which neatly sums up the difference between the two women and what lies at the root of our seemingly intractable political divide. Whatever institution tells us what is real, is the institution that gets […]

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