Michael Pfundner explains how the word for ‘news’ in German implies information so significant it demands an actual response, not just a retweet. Likewise, the good news of the gospel is so significant it necessitates a change in the course of our lives.
Christians have always looked to Isaiah for a deeper understanding of the person and mission of Jesus. Since the early days of the Church, Isaiah has been called the fifth Gospel. In the fourth century, St Jerome described Isaiah as an evangelist.
Biblical prophets were not fortune tellers. Periodically they referred to the future, but their main job was to speak into the present. Time and again they critiqued the status quo, drawing attention to the chasm between God’s commitment to his peo...
Read the book of Isaiah and you’ll quickly realise that it is not a biography. The focus is on the message, not the man who proclaimed it. We do know about his calling, though: a close encounter with the majesty, holiness and mercy of God left Isa...
When we remember that Moses was an imperfect person – just like us – who needed God’s guidance and strength, it becomes easier to see the principles and lessons that we can learn from him and apply to our lives.
If you’re looking for an example of faith, courage and trust in God, Rahab is an excellent Old Testament example. Her story is full of lessons that can help us in our own lives today.
Let us remember the biblical story of the five daughters of Zelophehad, who got an unfair law changed and were the world’s first recorded women’s rights campaigners.
We hear daily stories about the plight of refugees, often fleeing war and persecution. Jesus too was a refugee. What do we know about the Flight into Egypt?
In the wider world, the Bible – and religious faith in general – is sometimes dismissed as a ‘private’ thing, designed to feed someone's personal spiritual life but with no wider relevance.
The usual way that Christians understand the Bible to be a book from God is to say that he inspired it.
Translating the Bible can be a difficult task. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to keep everyone happy.