The Ark of Noah – and The Unsinkable Dream

I have just finished reading The Unsinkable Dream by Johan Huibers, the Dutchman who has built a full-sized replica of Noah's Ark. Its Dutch title is Let Your Dream Sail. It is a wonderful read about an amazing project with so many lessons that you should simply purchase the book for yourself. The Ark is …

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A summary of the opening chapters of Ezekiel

To understand Scripture, one needs to understand texts and passages in context. So a summary of Scripture chapters can be very useful to help us understand the context. I have been doing so for years for my Bible commentary, an on-going work that will probably be published posthumously. However, this does not prevent extracts coming …

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Was the rich young ruler actually Saul of Tarsus?

Most of those acquainted with their Bible have heard about the rich, young ruler.  He came to Jesus and asked him what he should do to inherit eternal life.  He received the surprising answer - to sell all that he had and follow Christ!  At this, he went away sad because he had great possessions. …

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Exegesis and eisegesis

As a divinity student in 1980 I came across the term 'exegesis' in reference to the exegesis of Scripture.  It means 'drawing out' the meaning of a written text and Scripture in particular. I was aware of the common problem of people reading into Scripture their own opinion and thus putting into Scripture something that …

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New pope of Rome answers questions

I used to say that the pope of Rome never answers questions, and is not accountable to others. At least, he now answers questions. During the resignation of Ratzinger from the Roman papacy, a discussion on BBC Scotland asked the question whether the job was too much for one man. A papal advisor, Professor John …

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Wise preaching

Ecc 12:10 v10: “the preacher sought”: a good preacher studies how to put across his teaching in an acceptable and memorable manner. “acceptable words”: to speak in a manner which will be well received by his hearers. This does not mean pleasing words, which will not upset people, but it is expanded and explained in …

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