The 20th-century Icon

Rarely can it be so clearly demonstrated that people, and even whole societies, cannot see what is plainly in front of their eyes.   Not only is this a theological truth, illustrated by the atheism believed by intelligent people, but the current BBC2 series Icons is yet another example of this common phenomenon. The aim …

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Hellenization and Hanukkah

Today is the final day of the Jewish Hanukkah celebration, also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following its desecration by Antiochus Epiphanes.  It is a winter festival, mentioned in the New Testament: 'it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem, and it was …

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Military might, political revolution or Christian love?

Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Hitler and a host of other people sought to aggrandise themselves and build an empire by military might.  Karl Marx and his followers want to change the world by political revolution.  Jesus Christ is doing it by Christian love, and has been doing it for two millennia, with many more to …

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Identity politics and perceived racism

Identity politics and perceived racism are combining into an explosive mix. Racism does not exist because there is only one human race.  This is one example of the poor use of language in our poorly educated society.  Rather, the issue is different ethnicities and how much emphasis one puts upon these. Kenhinde Andrews, the author …

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When did the Gospel first reach Europe?

It is common to hear preachers say that the Gospel first came to Europe when Paul responded to the Macedonian call, ‘Come over into Macedonia and help us’ Act 16:9.  This is wrong, and it is one of many manifestations of the readiness to copy ideas without checking out if they are true. The Gospel …

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