Archive for October, 2011

There is a book on my book shelf that I had since the mid-seventies and, like a few books there, I haven’t read it as yet.  It is called Your God is Too Small and it’s by JB Philips.  I must read it one day.

On the back cover it read, “…the trouble facing many of us today is that we have not found a God big enough for our modern needs. In a world where our experience of life has grown in myriad directions, and our mental horizons have been expanded to the point of bewilderment by world events and scientific discoveries, (more…)

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As we heard last week, the story of the judges was a story that went from good to bad.  At the end of the book we have the sad summary statement, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”   (Judges 21:25)

The feeling is that if there was a king in Israel everything would be right.

This though leads us into the books of Samuel and the first kings of Israel.  There is a  bit more to this kingship stuff than meets the eye…
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”  1 Samuel 8:4-5 (more…)

I am not in the habit of simply re-posting other people’s blogs yet this one can not get past us.  Rod Benson is an ethicist and active within the Baptist family of churches and beyond.  I pinched this from his blog…

Help East Africa famine victims.

This message comes from David Cook, a former missionary and Baptist pastor and an integral part of our community of faith and our gatherings

Today we will be looking at the book of Judges.

It’s one of those books of the Bible people tend to steer clear of. It’s very much in your face, a book of blood, violence, drama; a good book – for blokes.

If I were to ask you to name Israel’s judges how many would you know; 1, 2, 3? The Bible speaks about 13 judges in the book of Judges; you may remember Deborah, Gideon and Samson.

Why then is it in our Bibles?

Historically the book of Judges commences as Joshua dies; the first verse reads: – After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who will be the first to go up and fight for us against the Canaanites?” (more…)