Month: June 2015

  • Jesus’ life better than Adam’s sin

    Jesus’ life better than Adam’s sin

    In Romans 5 Paul states something a bit obvious – Jesus life is more powerful than Adam’s sin in its effects. 12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.  Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin […]

  • Faith


    “If we emphasize faith does that mean we can forget about the law?”  Paul asks at the end of Romans 3. And then he answers himself:  “Of course not!  In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.” It seems to me that the first 4 chapters of Romans are primarily […]

  • None of us

    None of us

    “No one is righteous – not even one. No one is truly wise; No one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands.  The law simply shows us how sinful we […]

  • Hypocrisy


    As I’ve mentioned in at least two of my other blogs (if not more) it is clear that Jesus reserves His harshest words for religious hypocrites. Paul does something similar in Romans 2. To make it perhaps more relevant I’ve changed a few of the words while attempting to retain the spirit of them. But […]

  • The Descent of Man

    The Descent of Man

    It is several decades now since the popular BBC documentary series called “The Ascent of Man” was aired. Not for the first time it shows evolutionary ideas at odds with the Scripture. Romans 1:18-32 speaks about the descent of man. Man starts by knowing God but then starts the descent. First of all men suppress […]

  • Wrestling Jacob

    Wrestling Jacob

    Jacob wrestles with God in Genesis 32. 9 Then Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your family, and I will deal well with you’: 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which […]

  • Judgement?


    Some years ago, some people came up to Jesus and asked him about cause and effect. They were wondering if the people who had died in a recent building collapse were worse sinners than those who died a natural death. Jesus’ response played down the manner of the physical death and drew attention to the […]

  • Tainted Windows

    Tainted Windows

    Yesterday my teenage daughter came to me and said she was bored and needed money and could I pay her for washing the windows of our house? I explained to her that I could get a professional window cleaner to do the whole house inside and out including the conservatory for less than €50. I […]

  • Naming the Stars

    Naming the Stars

    In Psalm 147 v.4 and in Isaiah 40:26 the bible explicitly says that God named the stars.  The bible itself contains several of these names.  They are really beautiful, try saying some of them: The Pleiades Orion:  Betelgeuse, Rigel Aldebaran Sirius Regulus.  According to Wikipedia this name means:  “Latin for ‘prince’ or ‘little king’. Regulus was […]

  • Understatement


    Moses does a neat job in understatement in Genesis 1. You could choose any aspect of creation to come up with astonishing fecundity of imagination but let’s just take the plants as an example, or more specifically the flowers of plants. Here are some pictures I took this afternoon at Russborough House. Well worth a […]