Christmas books

As we wander round the shopping centres or do the washing-up, favourite Christmas songs and carols come at our ears from all directions. And every family has its Christmas film and TV traditions. What about books? I am not here talking about Advent reflections, which I...

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This blog one year on

In November 2015 I established this website, and on 19th November I posted the first entry in this blog (http://www.penelopewallace.com/introduction/ ). In it I listed the purposes of the blog as follows:   Publicising my work. If you have already viewed the rest of the site (if...

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A (brief) word for these times?

I was reading the 5th chapter of the First Letter to the Thessalonians recently, in my trusty RSV version, and I came across the following injunctions: “So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those...

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People who are evil

(After last week's froth, something rather darker.  Warning: contents may distress or disturb.) In December last year, a sentencing judge said to a woman who had defrauded and attempted to murder her sister, “Quite frankly, you are evil.” Judges do say this kind of thing, and I...

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God’s Responsibility 2

The second thing for which God is responsible, and which surely must have been planned by Him, is the passage of time. (For the first thing, see God’s Responsibility 1, 13th May.) It looks from the New Testament as if all its writers, and Jesus Himself, expected...

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Taboos (continued)

Someone mentioned, following last week’s post, that Christians have a taboo on talking about sex. I am in a slightly awkward position here.  My final “taboo” was the longest and most controversial point, and at the last minute on Friday 15th, I decided to leave it...

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