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What’s the point for us of Lamentations?

The Book of Lamentations I am sure I had read Lamentations before I opted for this essay – but I couldn’t really remember anything much about it. I knew it was a ‘depressing’ book, perhaps written by “weeping Jeremiah”, and that it was hard work. How WRONG I WAS. The more I studied it, the […]

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Jonathan Edward’s and the Little Awakening

Jonathan Edwards

This was one of the best essays I have had to write yet – I knew next to nothing about Jonathan Edwards – was I in for a treat! Coming from a scientific background I really appreciated Edward’s analytical approach which he applied to the Little Awakening. He left an enormous legacy of theological writing, […]

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The Implied Theology of the Healing Rooms

Healing rooms logo

For about two years I worked in the healing rooms, an international para-church organisation offering prayer for healing. The history of the Healing Rooms, based in Spokane is well worth a read, but for this essay I had to reflect on the shared beliefs of the group I worked with.  Some of these were obvious, such as ‘God […]

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Paul and the Roman Empire

Augustus vs Paul

This was a ‘relatively’ easy essay in that the sources were quite straight forward. What really stuck me was just how much I have been a dualist – you know, its either ‘right’ or its ‘wrong’. So, I’d thought Paul must have either totally gone along with the Roman Empire, or totally not! The more […]

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Springboard presents … a truely awe inspiring testimonial

In our 10-14 year old youth group we have been listening to the testimonial of a young muslim lady. Its led to some great conversation, and some thought provoking questions. Some of the leaders missed bits and wanted to catch up – so we have made it available here on “Maxelcat speaks”. Enjoy!

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Paul and Judaism – the New Perspective

I have now started the MA course in Kingdom Theology, and this was my first essay which, as predicted dropped by 10% – it seems that a 10% reduction in mark is about normal going from a post grad to an MA! In the church I think we struggle to understand Paul (now there’s an […]

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Return to Butterfly Photography

On Sunday 21 July 2013 I went to my favourite nature reserve in Tring with the aim of having a go at some butterfly photography. Last time I did this was with film, when every time you pressed the button it cost you! Now of course, you can press to your heart’s content and while […]

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The Leadership of Jesus … an introduction

Raising of Lazarus by Giotto

Over the years, both in and out of the church, I have been subjected to a lot of “Leadership studies”. Much of it was interesting, especially the psychological material, but some of it seemed to be rather separate from the real world of trying to engage busy colleagues with a variety of “Opinions” in change […]

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What is a human?

What, according to Genesis 1, is the nature of human identity and purpose in God’s original design for creation?   I want to start my essay with a reference to a novel by C S Lewis. The character Ransom, sent from Earth to the Edenic Venus, finally meets the Adamic character referred to as “the […]

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The greatest cartoon still ever…

Recently I am across this picture of Homer Simpson reading his bible. At first his expression made me laugh but the more I thought about it the more I decided that this was truly an insightful depiction of me reading my bible. First Homer looks worried. Do you ever feel worried when you read some of the bible. I do. Mostly […]

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What did Jesus think would happen after he died?

In Mark 13 one of the disciples, on seeing the temple, seems to have an excited moment and says to Jesus something like “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” Jesus replies by giving a prediction of the destruction of the temple, but then seems to muddy the waters by talking about earthquakes  famines, wars […]

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Penal Substitution

Beccafumi Crucifixion and trinity Trinity (detail) 1513 – is this how you see the crucifixion? I am doing a part time theology post-grad course which, naturally enough, has led to having to write essays. I haven’t always found that this comes naturally to a scientist who now does what I loosely call “Programming”…

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Made for worship…

Just had an interesting  moment! Running “Spotify” on my phone, plugged into the Hi Fi, listening to “What does anything mean, basically” by The Chameleons  – and its been a number of years since I heard it. Nearly every song evokes a strong, significant emotional response in me – you know memories of college, old friends that I haven’t seen in years, […]

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Mission and Genesis – in the beginning…

Mission? Yawn? Well, maybe not yawn as such – more guilt and “Please, not me”. Is mission in Genesis 1? Today I have started the “Missiology” module of my theology studies in anger. One of my favourite bits in the bible has always been Genesis ch 1 – 3.  I find that even after years of “Study” there’s […]

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Retreat! Retreat!

On Sunday 2nd of January 2011 I went on a retreat. This meant going to a nature reserve in the Chiltern Hills, where usually I can wander around for a whole day and not see anyone. Recently the question “What is the last thing that God said to you?” has been in the air. I’ve […]

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Where were you made?

Genesis 2 tells the story of how God created mankind. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had […]

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Is there a purpose – part 2

You might like to read this first… I left the last post at the rather discouraging point of saying “That I gave up”. And in some ways I did. As I grow older, and hopefully wiser, I come to realise that in those earlier days I had been seeking the answer to my “Is there […]

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Is there a purpose – part 1

More than a decade ago I went through a phase of trying to discover my purpose. Why had God put  me here? Was it purely just as a training ground for what happened in the hereafter? Was there some sort of divine reasoning behind me? Is there more than “The chief aim of man is […]

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The Wise man built his house…

A few years back, when my little ones where really little this song was all the rage. How we enjoyed doing the rain coming down and washing away the foolish man’s house on the sand. Around that time I was reading Dallas Willards “The Divine Conspiracy”, perhaps one of my all time favourite books. One […]

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In search of the orriginal…

When I teach I often joke, saying that I have yet to have an original thought.

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