Category Archive: Derek Thompson’s Blog

Jan 26

The Goodies and the Baddies

Movie and TV story lines are simplified for the sake of brevity and to make it clear to the audience who the main characters are and what the issues are. Have you ever noticed in a movie that the bad guy, just before he meets his end, will do something particularly bad? This appear to …

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Jan 26

The Apostle Paul in “The Acts of the Apostles”

Nearly everything we know about the Apostle Paul’s life is derived from the book of Acts and the collection of Paul’s letters. Sometimes these two sources are difficult to harmonise. This has led some scholars to give lower priority to the historicity of the book of Acts than Paul’s account, which they take as being …

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Jan 26

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

Exegesis_Mk12_revised  Download this essay about a parable of Jesus in Mark 12:1-12 which raises a number of issues of interpretation.

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Feb 18

Legalism

Have you ever thought of someone’s behaviour as being legalistic? What did you mean? The dictionary meaning is exalting the law, usually with the purpose of applying the law in a way not intended by the law makers, and using the law for selfish ends. Jesus was harshly critical of the Pharisees for being legalistic. …

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Feb 11

A Bible Reading Plan

Reading the Bible from beginning to end is hard going. The various books that make up the Bible are not arranged to be read in that order. They are grouped together in various literary categories, e.g. history, psalms, prophets, gospels, letters of Paul, etc. and the books within some of these categories are arranged in …

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