Tag: Sin

Falling idols: from King David to public life today

Falling idols: from King David to public life today

by Guy Brandon King David has gone down in biblical history as God’s anointed, the model leader who would be the standard by which every future Israelite king would be judged. David’s mission would be fulfilled and perfected in the person of Jesus, who was himself a descendant of David. David was a man who […]

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Cardinal sin?

Cardinal sin?

by Guy Brandon Amongst the rumours and half-truths surrounding Keith O’Brien, at least two key pieces of information have become clear over the last 48 hours. One is that Cardinal O’Brien has now admitted that his sexual conduct ‘has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal‘ – ecclesiastical code […]

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The puzzle of suffering – part 1

The puzzle of suffering – part 1

by Guy Brandon This two-part post on suffering is hopefully a new way of sharing material with our supporters and wider readers, allowing (and encouraging) them to contribute to works-in-progress and help shape new and developing ideas. It also introduces the idea of ‘Categorics’: a pro-active critique of our culture’s inherent flaws, rather than an […]

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Earthquakes and Tsnamis: Acts of God?

Earthquakes and Tsnamis: Acts of God?

by John Hayward ‘People no longer see natural disasters as an act of God. However, we are now reaping what we have sown. If we live in a profligate way then there are going to be consequences. We have a responsibility in this and God is exposing us to the truth of what we have […]

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Honour and Shame by David McIlroy

Honour and Shame by David McIlroy

  Summary Contemporary Western society suppresses the concepts of honour and shame, although they re-surface in its media in a theatre of the grotesque. Honour reinforces good behaviour through appeals to a shared morality, while shame penalises bad behaviour through disgrace and exposure. The Bible offers a different social vision, in which honour is respected […]

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The City in the Bible: a relational perspective by Andrew Crook

The City in the Bible: a relational perspective by Andrew Crook

  Cities like human beings do not get a very good press in the Bible. Their origins were in sin, rebellion and violence, and they continued in this vein. However it appears that God has a redemptive plan for urban life, which will only be comlpeted with the unveiling of the New Jerusalem, but which […]

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