Yokes, Yolks, and Scorpions

I’m currently wading my way through Chronicles, and recently read 2 Chronicles 10, where Rehoboam took over the Kingdom from his father Solomon. It’s a tragic period of Israel’s history, where Rehoboam abandoned the way of his Father (whose life is depicted fairly positively in Chronicles; less so in Kings), rejected the wisdom of the…

Solomon, Rehoboam and Jeroboam: Hero or Pharaoh?

I’m currently reading my way through 1 and 2 Chronicles, having just completed 1 and 2 Kings. I’ll level with you; it’s not my favourite stretch to read! And whenever I come across a line saying “more details about this king can be found in the Book of x” I thank God that book didn’t…

Whose hand?

‘This hand is your hand.This hand is my hand.Oh wait, that’s your hand.No wait, it’s my hand!’ Joey Tribbiani In Acts 4, Peter and John have been released from prison. They return to the gathering of believers, tell them of the wonders God has done, and then together the church prays. It’s a powerful prayer,…

God among the sheep tails

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

Toby Ziegler on Counting the Commandments

…and one other thing that amused me about the use of the Ten Commandments in The West Wing. I’ve watched this episode so many times and can’t believe I never noticed it before! In the Pilot, there’s a scene where Toby, Josh and CJ are meeting with representatives of the religious right, who are angry…

The West Wing and the conundrum of unenforceable laws

I am currently rewatching The West Wing, whilst also reading Bearing God’s Name by Carmen Joy Imes, which, it turns out, is a pretty good pairing! In Take Out the Trash Day (Season 1, Episode 13), Sam Seaborn has heard about a town in Alabama that proposed to abolish all laws except the Ten Commandments….

The Epic of Eden: Ordering your Dysfunctional Old Testament Closet.

Everyone has a dysfunctional closet somewhere in their lives. A closet where Jabba the Hut could be living, and no one would know it. The closet is crammed full of clothes slipping from their hangers, accessories dangling from the shelves, shoes piled in disarray on the floor. It is impossible to tell where one item…

Living by Faith: Moses

The life of faith took Moses from the Pharaoh’s palace into the wilderness; shunning luxury, and embracing suffering for Christ. In this talk, Liam considers how faith enables us to follow God, into and through times of difficulty. Listen or download audio

Joshua: The New Covenant (Joshua 24)

The book of Joshua ends with a poignant ceremony in Shechem, a place with a rich history. In this talk Liam looks at Joshua 24 and considers our need for a New Covenant. (mp3)

Joshua: Crossing the Jordan (Joshua 3)

The people prepare to cross the Jordan, and as with Moses before, the water parts to let them through. In this talk on Joshua 3, Liam considers the themes of consecration, faith, and baptism. (mp3)