Matthew’s Jesus: the Jewish King

First impressions are important. They don’t tell the whole story, but it’s hard to move too far away from your initial perception of a new person. It follows that how a character is introduced to you in a book is also incredibly important. You can learn a lot about what the author is trying to…

We Worship the Same God, Right?

This post is about a program I half-watched on Sunday evening, as I was reading: ‘My Mediterranean, with Adrian Chiles’. It was the first in a new BBC2 series that followers the presented on a journey round the Mediterranean. Nothing special, you might think. The thing that the show’s title doesn’t tell you, however, is…

Starting With the Culture

If anyone wants to try and understand what the writers of the Bible were saying, they have to understand the culture that it was written in. This is complicated slightly by the fact that the Bible was not written at one time, in one culture, but over a very long period of time and in…

Christianity is not a supermarket.

I feel the need to write this post because of the common misconception that different parts of religions can be plucked as you like and thrown into a big shopping basket containing your own personal religion. I’m aware that some people do pick and choose the bits of religions that they most like and form…