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Talking about the cross...

Sam Shearn - No room for despair


1. 52 chapters - Super-size Scripture!

First Bible Study with Will, Genesis 1-Exodus 2.
Next week... Exodus 3-Joshua 2 or is that too ambitious?

Plus mindblowing trinitarian theology with Mike on the train and at the lunchbar and training session. The sorrow of how some can't see that it all points to Jesus, and wanting to be able to be like Paul and prove that Jesus is the promised Christ.

I ♥ genealogy too.

2. When Sean threw his notes away
So he could hold firmly to God's word!

Wake up! Take God's word seriously.
Make sure no-one gets lost on our watch.

3. Who needs a beach patch*

Sitting in the garden with Ed & Carolina for lunch. And studying Esther with them, and Tim.

*but, bring on the South West!

4. The Mill

Cool conversation with new staff. And a deer in the garden.

5. Weakness

Very aware of mine.

6. The West Wing

Season 7 continues.

7. Photo of the Week

The new exhibit at the Tate Modern:

Jack O'Grady - Missionary Impossible? - a '1st Class' Christian Union press-release


  1. Genealogies are great.

    Just the other day I was reading a bit of Irenaeus (as you do!) and he was doing a whole big bit of whole-bible theology and made this observation on genealogy in Genesis:

    Until judgment came upon the world from God by means of a flood, in the tenth generation from the first-formed (man); Noah alone being found righteous. [...] And the blessing extended and reached unto Abraham, who was reckoned as descended in the tenth generation from the race of Shem (source)

    I can't believe I had never spotted that the author of Genesis was trying to draw that parallel. Both are Adam again in different ways. Both offer so much hope to a fallen world. God is in the business of recreation! starting again! It began with Noah, and continued with Abraham, but both are just the (necessary) overture to Christ THE second Adam, THE barer of God's blessing, and hope for the world.

    ... great stuff indeed.

    Very exciting.

  2. Two go into the promised land... Joshua and Caleb... Caleb is of Judah... but his genealogy says.. Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite... i.e. Caleb is a Gentile who has joined the people of God (bit like Rahab too...). So the two who lead them into the land are a Jew and a Gentile.

  3. I like it.

    I suppose (among other things) both the genalogies are saying the same thing to Israel: what's going on is bigger than you. There will come a day when the WHOLE world will be blessed... a real call to look forward and outwards trusting in God's blessing.

    Blimey - how often do I do that. I suppose I ought to be thankful that if the bible tells you anything then it's that the sovereign God's plan for blessing will not be stopped by the failings of individuals.

    Thanks for that Dave.

  4. Genealogy unlocks Esther too. Doing that with students this term. I think it gives us greater confidence in the authority of scripture - it all fits together, and the gospel really is woven through all of it.

  5. eh? I was at Tate Mod yesterday and i never saw that...odd!

  6. must have been a private showing for the funkypancake.

  7. Hehe, smiley Mike's been bursting telling everyone of that juicy Kenizzite tidbit since before Word Alive :D Tis good stuff!

  8. Not one I'd noticed before he mentioned it. Has certainly got me reading the Bible with a more careful eye for the detail.


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