• Rembrandt’s Apprentices

    Rembrandt’s Apprentices A good many of Rembrandt’s paintings were initially painted by apprentices in his workshop, Rembrandt then applying the finishing touches. Sometimes what a gifted apprentice handed over to the master was already so much like a Rembrandt that little remained for the master to do… On other occasions,...

  • Child Sacrifice For God?

    On the 14 May 2018, while listening to the radio, I heard about the coordinated suicide bombings,   carried out, on three Christian churches in Indonesia.  What shocked me was that these attackers intentionally used their own children, as young as 9, to either, carry and detonate explosives or accompany their...

  • Jesus is the Way

    Before I transferred through Perth Airport a few years ago, I’d been to Western Australia five times. When I was little we visited our cousins in Broome.  We crossed the Nullarbor to the big sign: ‘You are now entering Western Australia’.  Then we walked to WA (one).  We ran back...

  • Melchizedek

    Who is Melchizedek?  For starters, the name Melchizedek means ‘Righteous King’.  He is a mysterious figure who makes a single appearance in the Bible when he meets Abraham after a battle. 18 And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. 19...

  • Forgetfulness!

    God called Moses to lead His people from slavery to the Promised Land.  The sad thing is that no one from that generation, except Joshua and Caleb, made it to the Promised Land.  Even Moses failed!  What went wrong? What lessons can we learn as we move from salvation to...

  • Are you ashamed of Jesus?

    “You’re an embarrassment to be around.” “Please don’t walk next to me – I don’t want people to know that we’re together.” These are painful words that no one ever wants to hear. But does my life speak these words to Jesus?  This is the question that has troubled me...

  • Fish & Jellyfish

    Whenever I walk along the beach and see marooned jellyfish, I feel sorry for them.  Their tendency to drift rather than swim causes them to be blown by winds and dragged by currents.  Regular fish are rarely seen dead on the beach; they can swim against the tide and choose...

  • Shoeing

    “Shoeing” is the act of throwing your shoe at someone in a public context.  The intent of the action is to shame the person as a protest over something shameful they have done.  Shoeing is an ancient practice (Psalm 108:9) which has taken off in modern times.  Since 2008 there...

  • Strong & Courageous

    Did you know that the phrase ‘Be strong and courageous’ occurs 16 times in the Bible?  What could be so important about this command that it is repeated so many times?  Here are a few examples showing the different flavours of this command. When General Joab was surrounded by enemies...

  • Gleaning

    What is “gleaning”?  Gleaning is an invention of God Himself. 22 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and for the alien: I am...