Day Six

God made the heavens and earth, and over a series of ‘days’ He created everything there is – waters, land, sun and moon, plants, and animals. At every point He declared that what He had made was ‘good’. But then came the sixth day, when He made something entirely different. Humankind – male and female…

Reading While Black

‘I want to make a case that […] this unapologetically Black and orthodox reading of the Bible can speak a relevant word to Black Christians today. I want to contend that the best instincts of the Black church tradition – its public advocacy for justice, its affirmation of the work of Black bodies and souls,…

The Rabshakeh Strategy

I’ve been reading through 1 and 2 Kings recently, and last week I reached the story of the Rabshakeh in 2 Kings 18. It struck me that it is something of a parable for our age. The story is set when Hezekiah is king of Judah. He is a rarity – a good king in…

The Spirit Filled Life: Not by Power or Might

The prophet Zechariah saw a strange vision of olive trees and lampstands, and heard a promise of a new temple. In this talk, Liam unpacks Zechariah’s vision and looks at what it means to build, not by might or power, but by God’s Spirit. Audio:  Listen or download. Here is a small-group practice to help…

Carson’s Three Sonnets on John 14

Flicking through some old notes, I stumbled across a few quotes from D.A. Carson’s The Gospel According to John, which incidentally is one of the best commentaries I’ve ever read. I particularly appreciated these three sonnets based on Jesus’ claim in John 14 to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. I I AM the…

Reading the Bible like a Bluth

Arrested Development was one of my favourite comedy shows (until it entirely lost the plot in seasons 4 and 5!) It follows the wealthy, but incredibly dysfunctional Bluth family, and is full of absurd situations, and some wonderful catchphrases and running jokes. One of the rare moments from season 5 that still makes me chuckle…

PRH: An Interactive Mystery

During the first lockdown of 2020, I decided to create a game for my family to play online. A kinda murder mystery, escape room thing, all done through Google Forms. It was horribly time-consuming and geeky to put together, but I sent it to a few family and friends, and they loved it so much I decided…

God among the sheep tails

God among the sheep tails: Bruce Waltke on the humility and holiness of God, revealed at the burning bush.

God’s Story, Our Story

On Saturday I got to speak (online) at Worcester School of Theology, kicking off the second year of their programme. It was great fun to be with them, although I still have a lot to learn about adapting my teaching for online! We talked about the Bible: What kind of document is it? How should…

We own each other’s teeth

My wife has an impressive track record when it comes to misheard song lyrics. A personal favourite is Elton John’s Tiny Dancer which she sings as, “Hold me close and tie me down, Sir!” I dread to think what she reckons that song is about! Last year, an advert for Chanel No5 came on the…