• ‘Keep It Strange Sapphira’

    The Bible is a strange book. Its strangeness is because of its age, the cultures it reflects, the stories it tells, the vocation we’re to live out and above all of the God it speaks of. One of the peculiar assumptions we can make about the Bible is to assume

  • ‘Keep it Sound Silas’

    Do you believe everything the Bible says? This is, of course, not only an unfair question but one filled with almost too many traps to number. The traps that lie in wait here for the unsuspecting respondent are based upon the assumption that we think we know what the Bible

  • ‘Keep it Sentimental Sarah’

    ‘I didn’t laugh’ is perhaps Sarah’s most well known statement, or perhaps we should say lie for accuracy’s sake. She lied because the Word God had just spoken was too ridiculous for words. Who had ever heard of someone her age having a child? But there is more to these

  • ‘Keep It Short Saul’

    Saul, who was also known as Paul, was a short man who at times didn’t keep it short. On one occasion this led to a young man, called Eutychus, falling out of a window because he was so tired. Though, to be fair, Paul wasn’t able to keep it short

  • ‘Keep it Scriptural Stephen’

    ‘Well duh’, you might say but isn’t this a bit obvious? Oddly enough, no. When Stephen stood before the Jewish ruling Council, the Sanhedrin, and tried to ‘Keep it Scriptural’ he ended up with more than a headache, they killed him for it. When Cleopas and his friend met Jesus

  • ‘Keep it Subtle Solomon’

    To have a Bible simple enough for a ploughboy to read is one thing; to keep it simple enough to understand is something altogether different. A common experience to all who have read the Bible is its sheer complexity. To read the Bible in your own language is to discover

  • ‘Keep it Simple Simon’

    The Bible translator William Tyndale had one wish. He wanted a Bible simple enough that even a ploughboy could read it. For such thinking he was burned at the stake as a heretic. Tyndale argued for the Bible to be available not only in Latin, the language of the church,

  • ‘Acronyms rule – ok?’

    When I was a school governor one of my biggest headaches was learning the incredible number of acronyms used in the educational system. For instead of being a help they proved to be an astonishing hindrance as they tended to confuse than to clarify whatever was being discussed. One of

  • ‘Lest we …?’

    I know you know the missing word, and I know you know that I know the missing word too. ‘Lest we forget’ matters. In World War One 65 million men were mobilized to fight and 1 in 3 were either killed or injured. Wilfred Owen immortalised them as those ‘who

  • ‘Are you properly accessorized?’

    When does wearing a bracelet make all the difference to your life? It’s when you live what it says. I’m not speaking about lucky charms or Pandora bracelets but a little strip of cloth. The cloth actually says very little, it only has four letters on it; ‘WWJD’. Yet, if