Tag Archives | character of God

Left Behind

We were at the back of the hall, both of us, huddled up, our backs against the wall. Her coat smelt faintly of the secret cigarette she’d smoked before she came in.

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The fiery ordeal {1 Peter fiction series, Episode 3}

I’m trying to tell the truth sideways, so this is a little different: a fictional piece, exploring the themes of suffering in 1 Peter. If you want to catch up, read Episode 1, and Episode 2. Today’s (Episode 3 of 5) is based on 1 Peter 5:6-14, 2:21-25, and 4:12-16. Take a cup of tea, […]

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How to write a book in four steps (According to Genesis 1)

I am writing a book. In my optimism and naivety, I thought it might be just like writing several blog posts, then binding them together. My method in writing blog posts is as follows: have a shower, have an idea, write it down flat-out, pause, consider, tweak – and voila! Chapter finished, onto the next […]

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Skivers, tax-avoiders and the generosity of God (Ruth 2)

It is hard for the rich to be generous.   This sounds counter-intuitive. Surely it’s harder for the poor to be generous? When you have so many extra resources you can spare them, you can afford to be more generous than those who have little.   This is true, yet it’s often the poor who […]

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Last-minute God {Ruth 1 part 2}

With all the action in the first chapter of Ruth – the deaths and disasters and beautiful friendship of Ruth and Naomi – this is a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ verse: “The Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them.” (Ruth 1:6)   I stare at that one […]

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