Review: Ideas that Changed the World

It can’t have failed to get your notice that this year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of what is widely considered to be the beginning of the Reformation (with every respect to Wyclif, Hus, Zwingli etc.); the nailing of Luther’s 95 Theses to the door of the church at Wittenburg. The question for many churches […]

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Twenty-First Century Public Debate

somehow this came to mind About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive […]

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From Cretin to Christian

Some of the smaller and (to some) more obscure books in the Bible are also where we find some of the most beautiful hidden treasures. Paul’s letter to Titus is one of them. Even if you don’t know Titus from Nahum you probably do know the famous verse: Titus 1:12 One of Crete’s own prophets has […]

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Shaken over the Shaking of Hands?

A handshake can be a powerful thing. I grew up learning that “a gentleman’s word is his bond” and that my handshake was the guarantee of that word. Handshakes symbolise the beginning or renewal of relationships so the refusal to shake hands can be seen as being anti-relationship and therefore insulting. This week I spent […]

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Logos Bible Software – Review

I first encountered what is today known as Logos Bible Software when over 10 years ago I purchased a CD-Rom (remember them?) containing the then Libronix library system and a copy of the Word Biblical Commentary. It was a useful piece of software, allowing quick research and facilitating cross-referencing through a set of internal hyperlinks. At […]

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A New Look for davidould.net

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve given davidould.net a facelift. davidould.net 3.0, if you like. Some of you will like it, no doubt some of you won’t. Feel free to pass comment. In particular I’d be grateful to hear what, if anything, you would like to see in the homepage sidebar and what […]

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A Modest Gospel Proposal for Australia Day

Here in the great southern land it’s Australia Day, the anniversary of 26 January 1788 when the First Fleet landed at what was then known as Port Jackson (which incorporates what is now knowns as Sydney Harbour. Wikipedia pithily sums up the event: This date is still celebrated as Australia Day, marking the beginnings of the first […]

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Paul’s Conversion. And Mine.

Today is the feast day of the conversion of St. Paul, a moment that for most Christians has to rank as one of the most important moments in history. I’ll let Paul himself explain… 1Tim. 2:7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not […]

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