Monthly Archives: October 2010

Situational Ethics

In the 1960’s situational ethics really took off.  Basically stated, situational ethics believes that all commandments can be broken if they contradict the absolute of love.  God is love, says situational ethics, and so if lying is more loving you should … Continue reading

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The Docker’s Armpit

There was a pub in Plymouth, England that we affectionately called the Docker’s Armpit.  From the outside it looked something like the one pictured above.  It had a smell of old beer about it and it was in a rundown … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Miracles

When Jesus performed miracles they were not just selfish exercises in gratification.  Jesus did not whip up a frenzy of excitement and then add a miracle to work a crowd.  Jesus brought peace and evidenced authoritative power when he cast out demons, … Continue reading

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Pushing Jesus Off a Cliff

  When I was traveling in a bus around Israel, we went through Nazareth.  Firstly, I was surprised at how far from Lake Galilee Nazareth is.  I was expecting everything in the region of Galilee to be close to Lake … Continue reading

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God Takes Us to Trials

The book of James tells us that God does not tempt.  The passage today would agree with that.  However, the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness.  The Holy Spirit, who works the will of God, takes Jesus to a … Continue reading

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Family Tree

The Pellow family is my mother’s side of the family.  Mark Pellow has spent ages tracking down members of the family and constructing a family tree.  This year the family had a reunion at Sourton in Devon (pictured above).  In … Continue reading

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Repent

A journey with Jesus involves a turning around.  The road that we travel by ourselves is a road to nowhere.  jesus is traveling in the opposite direction from humanity.  We must bid the masses adieu and walk a life that is … Continue reading

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Children Developing Independence

Jesus was not tied to Mary’s apron strings.  In fact Jesus was so far from being tied to his parents at age 12 that Mary and Joseph lost him.  It is important that we do not read the intricacies of … Continue reading

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Never Too Old

I sometimes feel limited by my age.  I was working with the youth group at my church until just over a year ago and I felt too old.  In a world that is run by 18-year-olds, I sometimes feel obsolete.  When … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth

Many people rely on a God who is lovely and easily manipulated.  The God of the Old Testament is long suffering.  He overlooks the shortcomings of beings who live in rebellion to himself.  He allows sin to grow without punishing … Continue reading

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