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CULTURE MAKING

 
Time condensed, stretched, revisited
Time condensed, stretched, revisited

That trip felt like a cautionary tale: like a chance to look back to a phase like one day I’ll look back to the whole of my life.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Should I marry this person?
Should I marry this person?

Our contemporary romantic beliefs make us long for someone who probably does not exist.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
On Oxford’s Very Short Introductions
On Oxford’s Very Short Introductions

The idea is to have an expert introduce a subject in a competent by readable way, in about 100 pages or so.

 
 
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Admirable traits
Admirable traits

We have no right to go around thinking that we wish we were like this or that person.

 
 
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Don’t give up
Don’t give up

Time teaches us to recognise that what seemed so terrible then wasn't as bad as it seemed.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The Judas tree
The Judas tree

The varying and changing climate in the Bible lands allowed for a wide variety of trees, which took root everywhere from the high, and very cold, mountain regions of Mt. Hermon to the hot Negev desert and the shores of the Dead Sea.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Gauguin’s Blue
Gauguin’s Blue

The painting portrays Gauguin’s struggle with the meaning of existence.

 
 
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Remember you are only human
Remember you are only human

There are people who have always believed, and always will, that they can do without God in their lives.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
The rewards of travel
The rewards of travel

When we travel we see reality with a different set of eyes; we not only taste new food, smell exotic aromas and hear foreign voices, but we also come to look at ourselves differently.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Moses – Encounter
Moses – Encounter

Straightaway he replies, “Here I am”, and that begins a conversation with God which ends up with him choosing to abandon his comfortable lifestyle and to lead the Israelites out of slavery.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Anticipating delights
Anticipating delights

There are certain things which seem to open suddenly a new dimension to us: a brief moment of eternity.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The hybridization of the Spanish fir
The hybridization of the Spanish fir

As a relict species it has only managed to survive on a handful of isolated mountain-tops.

 
 
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“In my sorrow, you are there”
“In my sorrow, you are there”

Nothing can change the certainty that God is at our side. Always, without exception.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Can I pray for my country at the World Cup?
Can I pray for my country at the World Cup?

The God “who played the cosmos into being” delights himself in the World Cup but delights in higher things still.

 
 
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Rejoicing in heaven
Rejoicing in heaven

The Bible says there is rejoicing in heaven when we do something worthy of God's character.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
In pursuit of a sign - Part 3
In pursuit of a sign - Part 3

As I look out of the window, I think of all those young people who made a commitment at that memorable event. What if that commitment was just the effect of the emotion of one evening?

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
A few half-baked thoughts on mid-life crisis
A few half-baked thoughts on mid-life crisis

The second act is often the place of the false project, where the protagonist pursues a wrong goal before realizing what his true need is.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
In pursuit of a sign - Part 2
In pursuit of a sign - Part 2

When we arrive at his house, the first thing we visit is the American’s office, with its low ceiling and artificial lights. The shift in culture emanates from everything I see.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
In pursuit of a sign - Part 1
In pursuit of a sign - Part 1

At the moment of paying, I nearly fall over backwards: the price of this fondue is just exorbitant!

 
 
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Chariots of fire
Chariots of fire

We should always put God first if we think that something goes against His word.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
This is a fascinating world
This is a fascinating world

Graceful writing is for the courageous few.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The ‘Shortcut’ - part 2
The ‘Shortcut’ - part 2

Spending time with God influences and puts into perspective my way of looking at things.

 
 
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ZOE

 
A Biblical animal called Argol
A Biblical animal called Argol

There were insects that could be eaten, such as various types of winged locusts, which the New Testament also refers to as the food that John the Baptist ate.

 
 
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Use your time wisely
Use your time wisely

God wants each one of us to accept him as Lord of our lives, since that is the only way our lives will have meaning.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Solomon’s caper-berries
Solomon’s caper-berries

The caper is native to Southeast Asia, but it is common throughout the Mediterranean basin and in many other parts of the world.

 
 
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Obstacles
Obstacles

God always responds, though sometimes not in the way or at the moment we would like.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
The upper hand of evil
The upper hand of evil

If that body was really gone, if Jesus had come back to life, then the matrix of reality is altered; tragedy is not the final result of goodness.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The dance of satyrs
The dance of satyrs

The ancient Egyptians tamed them and trained them to collect fruit from the tallest trees, like palms, and even to look after flocks of sheep, just as certain breeds of dog are trained to do nowadays.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Is life worth it?
Is life worth it?

The texture of suffering is changed when we see it and begin to experience it as being redemptive.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Pharaoh’s daughter – Consequences
Pharaoh’s daughter – Consequences

How can we be more aware of God’s constant presence with us and of the pattern of his working in the spheres in which we live our life?

 
 
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ZOE

 
The bittern’s camouflage
The bittern’s camouflage

It is a strong, timid, solitary and hard-to-find member of the heron family, whose brownish-red plumage bears a number of dark streaks, and which lives among the reeds in marshy wetland.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Photocopies and the meaning of life
Photocopies and the meaning of life

God is like a dynamic of love who enters the world so as to redeem and include sinners in its eternal, ecstatic embrace.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Everybody needs a Wilson
Everybody needs a Wilson

What’s the point of doing if it isn’t doing what we do for other people and with other people?

 
 
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ZOE

 
The rose of saffron
The rose of saffron

In the Bible, saffron is only mentioned in the Song of Songs, as one of the most prominent aromatic spices, and with the aim of highlighting the beauty of the beloved.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Becoming a creative minority
Becoming a creative minority

We need the confidence that we have something worthy to say and the courage to say it.

 
 
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The stuff of champions
The stuff of champions

The horses of the ‘Franches’ are amongst the hardiest that exist.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Moses’ sister - Right place, right time
Moses’ sister - Right place, right time

A couple of years ago a Syrian pastor from Damascus preached at my church and told us a story that I will never forget.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The Egyptian vulture in the Bible
The Egyptian vulture in the Bible

Why is it that, despite feeding on decomposing animal flesh, vultures never catch any diseases?

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The umbrella thing
The umbrella thing

As I reach the edge of the forest, I stumble on a relevant thought that appears as if by magic in a corner of my mind.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The En Gedi oasis
The En Gedi oasis

Henna is only referred to twice in the Song of Songs (chapter 1:14 and 4:13), in relation to beauty, fragrance and love.

 
 
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Envy
Envy

Constantly watching others can make us lose sight of our own goals.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Surrounded by cotton
Surrounded by cotton

There is only one verse in the Bible where cotton is mentioned (Esther 1 v 6), although many versions translate it as linen.

 
 
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Your worst enemy
Your worst enemy

We are our own worst enemy when we follow only our own desires.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Is desire good or bad?
Is desire good or bad?

Desire itself is not evil, on the contrary, it is a delight in pleasure implanted by an infinitely festive Creator.

 
 
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The fir tree: the glory of Lebanon
The fir tree: the glory of Lebanon

The term was translated as “cedar”, “poplar” and even “cypress” as it was thought that fir trees did not exist in Biblical lands.

 
 
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What if you’re wrong?
What if you’re wrong?

Humans are intrinsically religious because there is a real God who created us and who we are searching for.

 
 
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Don’t turn back
Don’t turn back

In the Bible we see people like us who were tempted to give in, but were restored by God.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The carob tree
The carob tree

In ancient times carob pods were used to feed horses, donkeys and pigs, though they could also be used as a source of food for humans.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Recycled melodies
Recycled melodies

Even in an apparently God-forsaken place there is beauty and humanity worthy of a symphony.

 
 
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The other cheek
The other cheek

There's nothing like reacting to aggression and scorn with a smile and kindness, turning the other cheek.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Technology needs wisdom
Technology needs wisdom

The phone I hold in my hands makes me behave and relate to others differently than I did before.

 
 
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Power reveals
Power reveals

Power reveals who we are, and reveals even more the fundamentals of our worldview.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The sweetness of a corpse
The sweetness of a corpse

Debora means “bee”, an animal regarded by the Hebrews as organised, wise and hard-working.

 
 
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FRESH BREEZE

 
I decree a New Year of abundance
I decree a New Year of abundance

Twelve months of blessing, provision and harvest are on the way.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Paradigm change
Paradigm change

How could a life-long atheist abandon evolutionary materialism and embrace the existence of God?

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
A zest for life
A zest for life

We are often cranky and cynical already at a young age, aren’t we?

 
 
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The fear of belonging
The fear of belonging

Possession is less demanding than belonging, but it raises anxiety nonetheless to an aging person.

 
 
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No escape
No escape

The Bible says that some day, everyone in the world will kneel before the Lord Jesus, and acknowledge his lordship over all.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Mr Incredible is just like... me!
Mr Incredible is just like... me!

You need more than superpowers to flourish in your family and in life.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
A breath of beauty
A breath of beauty

Beauty, at least the kind of beauty the impressionists captured, can for now be only momentary.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Slave Masters
Slave Masters

There is a slavery that is all the more insidious for being largely hidden and undetected: the slavery of sin.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Rain - From Jerusalem to the Dead Sea
Rain - From Jerusalem to the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea area - situated some 400 metres below sea level - only gets 150 to 200 per square metre per year.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
A new king - Out in the cold
A new king - Out in the cold

There is always much more going on in the heavenly realms than we are aware of here on earth.

 
 
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It’s never too late
It’s never too late

No-one can consider themselves too old to serve the Lord and others.

 
 
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Aliens
Aliens

The Bible says that everyone who has received Jesus as Lord of his life is one of his ambassadors.

 
 
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A joke in your face
A joke in your face

The Four Seasons are portraits carefully crafted by each season’s elements, and questions our notions of the human face and the sentiments it evokes.

 
 
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The chosen few
The chosen few

God established one way to him in Jesus. There is no other mediator, no other system by which to reach God except through Jesus.

 
 
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The bulbul: the bird in the parable
The bulbul: the bird in the parable

How sad it is to have heard the word of God, and to allow it to be snatched away.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Hope for the mixed-motivated
Hope for the mixed-motivated

We are not neutral to the outcome of our spiritual journeys. As objective as we try to be, we want to arrive at some outcome, be it belief or disbelief.

 
 
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Win or lose
Win or lose

If God doesn’t change your inside, you’re living by appearances.

 
 
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Commitment
Commitment

Without commitment, you can't grow in any area, be it sport, work, or relationships, much less in your spiritual life.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Spider webs
Spider webs

The greatest madness, the supreme stupidity of the human being consists in hearing the Word of God, delighting in it, but without wanting to put it into practice.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
The mosaic of life
The mosaic of life

We feel pressured to live and work as a salvation project where I’m the hero of my own story.

 
 
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Joseph – Faith for the future
Joseph – Faith for the future

Do we have any long-term vision for our own lives, for our family, for our church, for our city, for our country?

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Atheist honesty
Atheist honesty

It is easy to deconstruct other points of view but what about your own views?

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
The lure of mystery
The lure of mystery

We are hungry for it, but we fear it so much. Bend space and transcend time, no worries, but don’t ascribe it real meaning.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Why did God allow that?
Why did God allow that?

Now a refugee in Italy, Sayid is running away from his past. He fled his Middle-Eastern home when charged with blasphemy after he confronted an Iman who often abused sexually a boy.

 
 
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Instant reply
Instant reply

Sometimes we need to take time to think and go back over our actions. You can learn a lot this way, not only when you win, but more especially when you lose.

 
 
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Jacob – Dying well
Jacob – Dying well

Peter tells us that we have been called to blessing, in order to inherit a blessing.

 
 
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It's only a game
It's only a game

Only our personal relationship with God is worth anything. Only God deserves our effort, our time, and our lives if need be.

 
 
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Injustice
Injustice

God will set things right in his time, the right time.

 
 
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Dromedary camels and tourists in the Holy Land
Dromedary camels and tourists in the Holy Land

They are ruminating animals, capable of running more than one hundred kilometres a day without eating or drinking anything. Hence they were trained in Arabia in the 13th century before Christ, as the basis of what has come to be known as the "camel civilisations".

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Read a biography this summer
Read a biography this summer

I’ve found that biographies are a great way to take our minds to other periods, “live” someone’s life, learn some of their lessons, and reassess our own lives.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Artists’ spiritual insights
Artists’ spiritual insights

Art can help us unwrap the riches of Scripture. Our world was created by the greatest of Artists, after all.

 
 
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The Gospel of Judas: what it says, why it is not credible
The Gospel of Judas: what it says, why it is not credible

What about the gospels not included in the Bible? Why were they not chosen? What do they say? 

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
A new past
A new past

When we are caught with the silverware, God offers also the candlesticks.

 
 
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We are the greatest
We are the greatest

God says that he will exalt the humble and reject the proud. And there is nothing worse in approaching God than to go in a proud way.

 
 
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Rumours
Rumours

Rumours don't help anything or anybody, nor do they serve to strengthen friendships or affections, they only cause frustration and anguish.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Love continued
Love continued

The extension of the plot beyond the ecstatic falling in love of romantic comedies surprised me.

 
 
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A meeting with a great writer
A meeting with a great writer

The guests are celebrities such as writers, comic book artists, politicians and journalists, so I’m not sure what I was doing there.

 
 
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Next game
Next game

Growth in the Christian life depends on our knowing the will of God and obeying it, day by day.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Fear, power and religion
Fear, power and religion

Jesus understood that when religion springs out of fear it becomes really a religion of power.

 
 
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Lady Gaga’s Judas
Lady Gaga’s Judas

Gaga’s video is a lucid cultural depiction of sin. She  knows who the right guy is, and yet cannot leave the wrong one.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Emerging into adult life
Emerging into adult life

In our context in Rome, Italy, adult baptism has a counter-cultural ring. Most people here are baptized when they are infants. 

 
 
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Vultures in the Bible
Vultures in the Bible

Being so ugly, bald and having a taste for dead meat, they tend not to be seen as the most charismatic of animals. Nevertheless, they have certain features which make them unique.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Zipporah – life saver
Zipporah – life saver

Exodus 4:24-26:  Those three short verses are the only place in the biblical narrative where Zipporah is recorded as having done anything, but how important was her contribution!

 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
The tallest god in the world
The tallest god in the world

What will catch my eye? What will I worship? What will I surrender to?

 
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Pass the torch
Pass the torch

Life is like a relay race. As we grow up, others are already running, and the day comes when they pass the baton.

 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Why does the world exist?
Why does the world exist?

The purpose of the world is a grand but also a personal question.

 
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Disguises
Disguises

Don't let evil masquerade in your life. As pleasant as it may seem, if it is against God's word, it will destroy you.

 
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Moses – Not by might
Moses – Not by might

Moses learnt that, as Hudson Taylor was fond of saying, God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.

 
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The greatest
The greatest

Nothing in the world is comparable to the person of Jesus Christ.

 
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Cheating
Cheating

Anything other than believing God's Word is cheating.

 
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Do your best
Do your best

The same people who admire you now criticise you later, because they only want “the best”.

 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Spiritualities of money
Spiritualities of money

Life’s treasures come from someone who shed his riches for us, someone who does not charge interest if we can’t pay Him back.

 
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Moses – Bias to the poor
Moses – Bias to the poor

In Western Europe today the majority of the church is made up of the relatively wealthy middle classes.

 
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Searching of heart
Searching of heart

We've become used to letting others, ourselves, and even God down.

 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Pied Beauty
Pied Beauty

Praise God for who he is and for who we are, however we may be.

 
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70x7
70x7

No one in the world has shown more willingness to forgive every human being than God.

 
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Me again
Me again

God created life in His image and likeness, and granted them the creativity to sculpt and the ability to love.

 
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Worn out stones
Worn out stones

We can pick up the fallen stones time and again to construct our lives according to God's will.

 
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Running toward life
Running toward life

Our faith bumps into surprise and dances with doubt, like Peter’s and John’s.

 
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Follow me
Follow me

God has promised to guide us in the way we should follow.

 
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Fate
Fate

We have to learn that a complainer is no good to the world.

 
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A privileged position
A privileged position

The greatest desire of God is to have a deep relationship with us, His children.

 
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Very important people
Very important people

Sometimes it seems that helpfulness has gone out of fashion, but it hasn't.

 
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Dig up your bike!
Dig up your bike!

Even those who say God doesn't exist blame Him when things go wrong.

 
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Seoul 88
Seoul 88

I remember one young man who never told me his name or address. He gave me his Olympic Volunteer jacket when he found out I was a foreign visitor.

 
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I bind these words!
I bind these words!

‘Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven...’ (Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew 18:18)

 
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The eternal moment
The eternal moment

The Bible says that time is running out and that all prophecies about the future are about to be fulfilled.

 
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Official pardon
Official pardon

God took the initiative to solve your problems, out of love.

 
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Shiphrah and Puah - What is Truth?
Shiphrah and Puah - What is Truth?

The Bible gives us extensive guidance on how his heart functions, but there are many situations where we will also need that extra dimension of Spirit leading to help us apply the Bible to our current situation.

 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
The Grand Inquisitor
The Grand Inquisitor

Our efforts to gain more influence and power may lead us to execute the very Jesus we hope to announce.

 
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Good habits
Good habits

No matter what sort of bad habit we're fighting against, God shows us how to break it.

 
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The hour of decision
The hour of decision

Sometimes, not deciding and just "dithering" is worse than making the wrong choice.

 
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Play with him!
Play with him!

- ‘My kids and I used to make dens in their bedrooms with sheets and things. We made up this whole new world, full of adventures… ‘

 
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The strongest
The strongest

God has promised to be with you, whether things go well or badly.

 
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Call the masseur!
Call the masseur!

Whatever you do, you can't heal your worst wound. That's why God provides a remedy.

 
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Spiritual combat
Spiritual combat

The sun can now get right down into every corner of the garden, the tender shoots of new grass can finally start to flourish.

 
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Religion and violence
Religion and violence

The more of Christ we have in the world, the more peace and human flourishing we will have.

 
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Drama as a clue to existence
Drama as a clue to existence

Drama–at the theater but also in movies, books, TV–is a modern religious mechanism.

 
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Christianity is not for the faint hearted
Christianity is not for the faint hearted

Do we want to be healed, say, of our greed or bad moods? I’m not quite sure. Being healed includes changes and sacrifices.

 
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The world of moths
The world of moths

These insects are mentioned in the Bible ten times, in the Old and New Testament.

 
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A once-in-a-life time chance
A once-in-a-life time chance

We're the ones who miss the opportunities to do good, help others, speak of God's love, or defeat the enemy.

 
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Only joking
Only joking

God never deceives anyone! No friend is as important as he is. No-one can understand you as well as God does.

 
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Prosperity according to the Bible
Prosperity according to the Bible

I liked the Psalm’s image of the tree because it measures our prosperity not in the base of how much we receive but in how much we give.

 
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Qualified
Qualified

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be good enough to "compete" in heaven!

 
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Jacob – Change of Plan
Jacob – Change of Plan

When the Lord gives us a word to guide our lives, he only reveals to us as much as we need to know at that time.

 
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Never drop the ball
Never drop the ball

It's often essential in life to fight on without wasting a second, especially in the spiritual realm.

 
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The birth of the old baby
The birth of the old baby

I don’t know where Fitzgerald got his inspiration for Benjamin Button, but it got me thinking about another baby who was born old.

 
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Joseph’s brothers – Guilt
Joseph’s brothers – Guilt

The Bible gives us some very interesting insight into the minds of those who have committed a serious crime.

 
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Turn back
Turn back

We should not turn back in the face of seemingly impossible difficulty. God takes charge of solving impossible problems.

 
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The Christian conspiracy
The Christian conspiracy

If you look at it realistically, Jesus was a very unattractive messiah to believe in. He was a peasant who lived in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire.

 
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When God gets involved
When God gets involved

‘Being’ is more important than ‘doing’ (because without a relationship with God, only death awaits). In short, whatever you do, let it be inspired by love!

 
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To sow winds, to reap tempests
To sow winds, to reap tempests

Jesus taught a spiritual lesson that we often forget: what there is inside us is what really matters.

 
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Joseph’s steward – Faithfulness
Joseph’s steward – Faithfulness

As Paul says, people ought to regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1).

 
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Glorious creation
Glorious creation

Everything man puts his mind to doing, no matter how good it is, cannot be compared to the wonders created by God.

 
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Suffering
Suffering

God does not blame us for turning towards him when we do not understand something

 
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Forgetting to eat
Forgetting to eat

Our food is nothing more than the daily reading of the Bible and the daily contact with God in prayer.

 
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The Media-Goliaths
The Media-Goliaths

Within an inch of victory, a very popular newspaper (a giant) makes me bite the dust, refusing the interview that it dangled in front of me.

 
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The Israeli sand partridge
The Israeli sand partridge

In other words, just as the partridge, which covers eggs that are not its own, will probably lose the chicks later on, so anyone who stores up riches that do not belong to them will end up losing everything.

 
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The Gospel according to the Spa (and Oprah)
The Gospel according to the Spa (and Oprah)

By focusing on our aspirations, resentments and grievances, the world-as-spa message exhorts us to be self-centered, begrudge the needs of others, focus on our personal freedom.

 
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A lizard in the Garden of Olives
A lizard in the Garden of Olives

In Jesus God became human, thus bringing himself into proximity with the nature that he had created. Animals were the silent witnesses of this unique and mysterious event.

 
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Sportsmanship above all
Sportsmanship above all

God has taught us to pay all that we owe, and to give honour to those who deserve it.

 
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What does resurrection mean?
What does resurrection mean?

The resurrection of Jesus is not only a victory over biological death, but a victory over global Death and over the prince of darkness.

 
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Final victory
Final victory

More than 200,000 spectators watched the final of the 1950 Football World Cup. Against all the odds Uruguay beat Brazil at home at the Maracaná stadium.

 
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Longing for death
Longing for death

What is my picture of death? What awaits me? Will beauty engulf me, or will I dance on its bosom? Will I finish by myself, or will eternity ravish me with overflowing life.

 
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Only a man, only a woman
Only a man, only a woman

God looks for people willing to put themselves in his hands, and go anywhere without any conditions, at whatever the cost.

 
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Change of rhythm
Change of  rhythm

The best way of resting is to have a personal and private conversation with God.

 
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The death of death
The death of death

The Christian narrative leaves us remarkably healed from fear and free to enjoy the delights of this world and long for the eternal ones.

 
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Almost
Almost

Don't stay in the "almost". Commit yourself to God today , right now Hell is full of "almost safe" people.

 
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The mountain goat
The mountain goat

The Old Testament links the health of the body with the health of the soul.

 
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Sweet Memories
Sweet Memories

Stop feeding resentment, doubt, problems and bad memories, and put a moment of gratitude in their place, of happiness...a sweet memory.

 
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Solomon’s horses
Solomon’s horses

For a long time, archaeologists doubted the historicity of Solomon and the horses which, according to the Bible, he possessed, as at that time supposedly only camels were used.

 
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Mail from Suzy
Mail from Suzy

And something happens inside little godless, lawless me: I need to know more about it.

 
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The red star
The red star

The stars, be they the celestial or the marine varieties, shine brightly or stand out against the background where they are located.

 
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To be a man is to help women flourish
To be a man is to help women flourish

A proposal has been growing on me that I believe honors the heart of mature masculinity without succumbing to Nietzsche’s übermensch, patriarchy, or gnostic sexuality.

 
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A crown of thorns
A crown of thorns

He suffered in our place, because that was what we deserved, including the crown of thorns.

 
 

 
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Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
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Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
Coexistence in the church - a model for society Coexistence in the church - a model for society

“Gospel, identity and coexistence” were the themes of the General Assembly of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. Two days in Palma de Mallorca to reflect about the role of evangelical churches in society.

 
'Ungi kulimi changana' 'Ungi kulimi changana'

Educator and journalist Jordi Torrents shares images of the Sekeleka social centre in Mozambique. About 50 children live there, many with some kind of disability. All photos were taken with permission.

 
The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve The President in an evangelical church on Christmas Eve

For the first time, the President of Portugal attended a worship service in an evangelical church. It was in Sintra, on Christmas Eve.

 
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Being a peacemaker Being a peacemaker

Ken Sande, Founder and President of Relational Wisdom 360, develops a practical systematic theology for pursuing peace and resolving the conflicts of real life. 

 
“No one should have to leave their values at the door” “No one should have to leave their values at the door”

Author Krish Kandiah talks with politician Tim Farron about the Christian faith, politics and secularism.

 
What are the essential characteristics of a godly leader? What are the essential characteristics of a godly leader?

Clinical Pastoral Counsellor Emoke Tapolyai reflect on three characteristics Christians who have been given leadership roles should develop.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
Trailer: “The Peace Between” Trailer: “The Peace Between”

A film about the experience of refugees in Europe. Churches, small groups and individuals are encouraged to use it during Refugee Week: 17-24 June.

 
Heart Heart

A short animation film by Swiss cartoonist Alain Auderset tells the message of the Bible in four minutes.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
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