In a context of confusion and flashy journalism, rigour becomes a precious value.
Just what happened on Holy Saturday?
In Jesus Christ, we have the perfect fulfillment of the idealized Sumerian vision of the Shepherd King that Gudea and other kings sought to achieve in their lifetime.
This educationalist, Prime Minister and theologian has left an imprint on Dutch churches, schools, media and politics visible even a full century later.
We too feel picked up by the scruffs of our necks by the same God of Abraham.
She lived 4,000 years ago and, although she can hardly be called a celebrity, even today people all over the world are still reading about her.
The servant has to travel a road that is far from straightforward; and through his journey in Genesis 24 we can learn a lot. The one characteristic that stands out above all others is his single-mindedness in serving his master.
We have become increasingly accustomed to corruption in high places, and this has resulted in a cynicism towards those in power.
So was Abraham a superhero? In fact, he started life rather unpromisingly as a refugee from Iraq (Ur of the Chaldees), settling in Turkey (Haran), then he became a nomad in Palestine, and lived for a time as a foreigner in Egypt.