Each topic is addressed either in single session or in a short series of talks. Some are accompanied by written notes and others with power point presentations. They highlight some important elements in the big story of the Bible that is presented in The Bible – from Creation to Re-creation.

Give me the mountains – Caleb

How would you feel if you were, entirely as a consequence of others people’s behaviour, cut off the destiny that God had promised you? That’s what happened to Caleb…

Psalm 89 – The Faithfulness of God

Are we not often conscious of a marked discrepancy between “how things are supposed to be” and how they actually are? We are supposed to be living in victory and seeing the Kingdom of God advancing but the reality does not live up to that ideal…

Unto us a child is born

The “child theme” is present on a number of occasions in the prophecy of Isaiah between the end of chapter 6 and the middle of chapter 11. Isaiah’s own sons become living parables within the prophetic word…

Spiritual Blindness

We see the world through many filters – family, culture, theological bias, personal preference, prejudice, and these determine what we see and how we interpret it. A complicating factor is that we are frequently unaware of the presence of the filter and believe that we have 20:20 vision…

Shabbat

Many Christians are confused about the Sabbath. Are we meant to keep it? Does the 4th commandment apply to us? These questions conceal more important issues. What is the true meaning of Sabbath?..

The Prayer of Jabez

Jabez only has two verses of Scripture to his name, 1 Chronicles 4:9–10, yet his predicament is shared by very many people. Trauma in early childhood left him emotionally scarred and constricted…

The Feasts of Israel

The major Feasts in Israel form a cycle. This makes sense in terms of annual reminder of their history and recognition of the way in which God has been faithful to sustain life by means of rain and the fertility of the land…

The God of the Nations (Habakkuk)

The idea that God directs the affairs of the nations is strange and bizarre to the modern mind, even to many within the church, but it is a truth that pervades the Bible from beginning to end…

A blind beggar and a rich rascal

The King of the World is on a journey. His mission is the most important event in world history, to be enacted at the His capital city, the place God chose long ago for that very purpose…

Baptised in the Holy Spirit

Baptism in the Spirit is not a thing to be received nor a sacrament of the church but rather a dynamic encounter with God the Holy Spirit. It is part of the covenant blessing promised through Abraham and now released to us through the cross of Jesus…

Lessons from the Rhino Park

This is a recording of a talk, given on the last Sunday of 2015, looking towards the New Year. It arose out of a close encounter with a large male rhino, travelling at speed…

Preparing for Easter

Christians have various ways of preparing for Easter, Lent or some other spiritual; study or exercise. This talk comes from a different direction – “How did God prepare for this crucial period in world and salvation history?”…

The Great War

As we remembered the beginning of the First World War (The Great War) we were reminded of a much greater conflict that has been raging from the beginning of time and which seems to be moving towards its climax…

Ruth

You may think of the book of Ruth as a beautiful romantic love story, which it is. But it is much more. These two sessions show how God combined three strands, each a distressed family, to bring about the birth of David the great king of Israel and ancestor of Jesus.

So you want to be God’s friend

We often think of ourselves as friends of God, like Abraham. It is actually a rare privilege! These two sessions explore the conditions to be met…

The Journey

These sessions show the lives of people of faith as a journey and continue the story that began with Abraham. The talks, apart from Joseph, were given at a missionary retreat near Atlanta, Georgia. The talks on Joseph were added later so there is some difference in style and emphasis.

A Trio of Messianic Psalms

David was a prophet as well as being a king. His experiences and his reflections on them were prophetic of his great descendent, Jesus. These three psalms reveal Him as the One who depended on his Father, as the suffering Servant, and as the glorified King…

God of Fire

Fire in the Bible is characteristically a symbol of holiness (rather than love, as is commonly supposed). Holiness is not simply an attribute of God; it is the very essence of who He is. The central dilemma for the would-be worshipper is “How can we live in the presence of the Eternal Fire?”

I will give you rest

The promise of restored “Rest” pervades the whole of Scripture, bracketed by the Shalom and Shabbat of creation and the revelation of the New Jerusalem. The Bible is the story of God’s intervention to recover His broken creation…

Who am I? Why am I here?

These fundamental questions are often submerged beneath the surface of our busy lives and pursuits. We have been conditioned to believe that we create our identity and significance from the stuff of life, work and its associated status, material possessions, pleasurable activities and even celebrity for its own sake…

The servant songs

Who is the true servant? Israel was called to be God’s servant (Isaiah 41: 8–9), to reveal his character and his ways to the nations, as they lived under his rule. They were to be an object lesson, witnesses to the fact that He alone is God and that the idols of the nations are vanity…

Worshipper & Disciple

These two talks address twin aspects of our life in Christ. Worship begins with a vision of God that draws us to Him in adoration and praise. If it is true worship it overflows in obedient service. A single Hebrew word serves for both worship and service…

The Times in which we live

These are dangerous and critical days for the world and, especially, for God’s people. Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees are pouring into Europe as a consequence of poverty and war. In the Middle East hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled from Islamic persecution so that the ancient church in Syria/Iraq has been decimated and is threatened with extinction…

Do Gentiles have to keep the law?

These three sessions address an important but often confusing question that has very significant consequences for the way we understand the Bible and, therefore, the way in which we relate to God. The first session is more broadly based in Scripture, ending with critical passages in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. The other two sessions concentrate on Paul’s teaching in Galatians…

How can I be a good person? (3 dimensions of the cross)

These three talks were given during successive morning prayers at Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda. The answer to the question is found at the cross. In Galatians Paul writes of how the cross sets us free from condemnation (justification), from the power of sin…

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