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Paul and Ecclesiastes

“For the creation was subjected to futility…” (Romans 8:20) The Greek word, mataioteti, translated futility in the ESV of Romans 8:20, has been much discussed by commentators. The noun only occurs in two other places in the New Testament (Ephesians 4:17,…

The Spirit of Prayer

“Hannah wept…She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.”  (1 Samuel 1:7, 10). Dale Davis notes that there is a myth which circulates around the church that runs along the line that Old Testament believers didn’t have…

Yet in God new vigour

‘In that day I will gather the halting…’ These words are from John Calvin’s commentary translation of Micah 4:6 (though strictly speaking it is John Owen translating Calvin’s Latin).  A week ago I headed up to the gym where I…

God’s story in Sydney today

“everything written about me…must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:44) I arranged for a guest preacher to speak at our church while I was on holidays. Unfortunately, he came down with Covid and so, while away, I had to arrange something else.…