Feasts of the Lord

Feasts of the Lord

Autumn in Israel starts with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, which in Hebrew means “head of the year” (the Jewish New Year). It is also known as the Feast of Trumpets and Day of the Blowing (Yom HaTruah). The shofar, or ram’s horn, is blown all over the Land on this day, which marks the beginning of the holiest time of year on the Jewish calendar.

  • SETI

    SETI

    ET – phone home! Actually, no, phone us instead and let us know you’re out there! We’re listening for you.

  • Running on Empty

    Running on Empty

    It was a busy school morning. I managed to get the kids out the door but with only minutes to spare. As all four children bundled into the car, I turned the engine on only to have the petrol light appear on my dashboard! The petrol was low—it was very low.

  • Surprised by the Nature of Things

    Surprised by the Nature of Things

    The bass notes from Jay Z's 99 Problems linger in the air as the lights dramatically fade at the stadium. A roar from the crowd erupts, as we spontaneously feel that our anticipation is about to be replaced with joy. Suddenly, the synth and chimes of Mylo Xyloto build to a climax and the atmosphere explodes into a mind-boggling display of lights, lasers and confetti cannons.

  • People Who Believe in Creationism are Also More Likely to Believe Conspiracy Theories, say Researchers

    People Who Believe in Creationism are Also More Likely to Believe Conspiracy Theories, say Researchers

    A team of researchers at the University of Fribourg claims to have found a link between creationists and belief in conspiracy theories.

  • FROMELLES and the Christian Connection - John Ridley

    FROMELLES and the Christian Connection - John Ridley

    “After passing over rough ground covered with the bodies of the dead and wounded, strewn with barbed wire and pocked by shellfire, the nineteen-year-old sergeant led his men into a water-filled ditch which had at one time passed for a German trench.

  • Finger of Faith – Hand of Hope

    Finger of Faith – Hand of Hope

    Unless you are a surgeon, doctor or nurse, this would make little sense. We had to get someone to decipher this for us!

  • For the Well-Being of the Community - School Must be Mandatory

    For the Well-Being of the Community - School Must be Mandatory

    As a grandfather, I am now at an age where schooling and education is right up there on the agenda where the little ones are now beginning their school life, and this therefore has become prime topic material.

  • Heartache of Caring too Much for the Local Church

    Heartache of Caring too Much for the Local Church

    Some years ago I wrote in this column that the Barna Group, a Christian faith and life survey organisation based in the USA, identified three quite specific areas of behaviour that turns people off Christianity.

  • The Nature of Christian Persecution is Changing in the West

    The Nature of Christian Persecution is Changing in the West

    One would not have seen any secular or religious news in the past two years not to ask the question - is religious persecution closing in?

  • Saluting Returned Diggers – ‘A Good’

    Saluting Returned Diggers – ‘A Good’

    The commemoration of the end of WWI is coming up – 11 November 2018. The poems (below) commemorate all the returned servicemen who have done their bit to help defend our country; particularly those who have had problems fitting into that very society that they helped to defend.

  • The Start of Humility

    The Start of Humility

    Famous entertainers, pumping sports stars, audacious politicians and the love of honour are characteristic our time. Amongst us, many pastors suffer from this sort of spiritual disease, “when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are not wise” (2 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 12).