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End the Week with the DTP - January 13, 2012 13th Jan 2012 | View Full Story | Download
News Poster Revelation is one of the most (perhaps the most) undervalued books of the whole Bible or maybe I just mean least understood. Even though Christian writers had referred to it from the early second century onwards, there were disputes about whether it actually belonged in the New Testament. Eusebius in the early fourth century regarded it as a 'disputed book' but probably because he found its contents unsettling and uncomfortable as the personal chaplain to the Emperor Constantine. Explaining its very dim view of imperial power to his unpredictable master cannot have been easy! (more...)
End the Week with the DTP - December 9, 2011 9th Dec 2011 | View Full Story | Download
News Poster 'St John unfolds the mystery of the in-car-nation' our vicar used to say on Christmas Eve, at the Village Carol Service which took place at 7.00pm. (He was a stickler who wouldn't allow the singing of Christmas Carols until that point, so that Advent was observed properly.) I remember it as a child as the moment when Christmas began, the mad rush to get there after my Dad got home from work, the crush in the Church and the warmth that seemed to come from the candles which glowed in the darkness. And once, when we came out after the service, catching our breaths with wonder as we saw the whole landscape around silvered magically with a sudden sharp frost. (more...)
End the Week with the DTP - December 2, 2011 2nd Dec 2011 | View Full Story | Download
News Poster The shortest verse in the New Testament is usually held to be John 11.35: 'Jesus wept'. That's true if you're reading the Authorised Version, but not the original Greek, where John 11.35 is actually three words long because it includes a definite article before Jesus' name: '(the) Jesus wept'. Instead the prize goes to 1 Thessalonians 5.16-17: 'Rejoice always. Pray continually' (AV: 'Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing'). (I have to be honest, though, I haven't checked all the other verses of the Greek New Testament to check whether there are any more which are only two words long!) (more...)
End the Week with the DTP - November 18, 2011 18th Nov 2011 | View Full Story | Download
News Poster Judgement is not the most popular theme in churches these days, but it's far from absent in our culture. You've only got to watch Strictly Come Dancing or X-Factor to see the moment of truth announced: who will go home and who will survive? (more...)
End the Week with the DTP - November 11, 2011 11th Nov 2011 | View Full Story | Download
News Poster As I get older I find that Ephesians is becoming my favourite amongst Paul's letters. It has a calm, reflective, looking-back quality about it, on a life well-lived in the service of God. Its authorship is a fraught question, but I'm confident that it reflects his mind and his mood in the twilight of his life. And that may make a passage from it appropriate to be read on the Sunday next before Advent, the last of the old liturgical year, as we stand on the threshold of a new one. (more...)

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