211. The Rock of Revelation

One is allowed back in church again.  If there are some restrictions regarding the virus, there is at least hope that it will end soon.  Things feel a bit more normal.  We have been plucked out of our normality in a cruel and extreme way.  In the beginning of virus-politics and virus-regulations  one often heard about a “new normal”.  I wonder…

210.  Look with your ears

There is so much to write about what I am seeing at this moment.  Just look up where you are and test how many words you need to describe your setting.  Look a bit further, outside, the trees, clouds, plants, sky and mountains and realize how impossible it would be to describe what you see to someone…

190. But you…what about you?

We live in community – there is no doubt about that.  Many things decided within a community impact our lives even though we might not agree with it.  Sometimes unconditional obedience is demanded from us, as we have all experienced during Covid regulations. The words of Jesus to his disciples often served to set them…

165. The power of excellence

Greater, more, deeper – we walk on through Philippians. We talked about the character of the One who makes the promise,  the purpose of our decision to know God in the fullness of the resurrection of Jesus so that we could rise from the dead even in this life, and now we can talk about the power that…

158. Biblical Maths.

Well, Maths has never been my passion, but I do know something of the basic principles.  Life demands Mathematics, especially basic calculations with plus, minus, division and multiplication.  I can measure and fit, do my simple sewing jobs with a tape measure, check bank statements, make budgets and calculate prices to make better decisions.  I…

94. Tabernacles, Temples, Cathedrals and Churches.

A trademark of life on earth is worship. Just think for a moment. All through history and all over the globe, places of worship are central to the culture and history of every nation on the face of the earth. Since ancient times, elaborate buildings and even natural wonders have been dedicated to gods and…

93. In the thick of things – a corrupted people.

In the second chapter of John, following the joyful miracle at the wedding in Cana, the scene is set for a dramatic confrontation at the core of Judaism (John 2:12 – 16). It is the Passover feast in Jerusalem. In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes frequent visits to the Temple and to Jerusalem. Jesus…

61. The woman rules the mountains

[Revelation 17] We hear a great deal about women in our society today. Rightly so. I look back in history and understand the obsession with equality. Since the earliest times and over many centuries women have been treated appallingly, oppressed and abused. Although Eve was made for Adam as a wife and the other half…

58. Come to the mountain!

[Revelation 14] It is one of the most powerful metaphors in the whole Bible. God chose a mountain for the Israelites to meet with Him. Moses went up the mountain to receive the Law in the presence of the Most High. When the Israelites were slaves they worked in the pits of Egypt making bricks…

56. A baby and a dragon – really?

[Revelation 12] We live in the age of fantasy stories. I sometimes get the impression the filmmakers are enjoying themselves even more than their audiences, who travel into magical and mysterious worlds with life-like characters appearing real. The discussions around the latest idiosyncrasies of authors and directors, sound bizarre and outlandish. It is a weird…