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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Christian Submissions to the Senate Same-Sex Marriage Inquiry

sydneyanglicans.net have a great summary article on the Australian Senate Inquiry into Same-Sex Marriage Legislation (not to be confused with a previous inquiry in 2015). The Diocese of Sydney has told a Senate Inquiry the proposed bill on same-sex marriage does not sufficiently protect freedom of religion. The Senate inquiry into the exposure draft of the legislation […]

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Valé Mike Ovey

Mike Ovey, principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London, has passed away suddenly on Saturday night UK time (7 January 2017). Ovey was highly regarded for his strong evangelical convictions and superior academic work. His writing was widely circulated and he had a gift in public speaking for communicating complex ideas with simplicity and clarity. […]

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Stille Nacht

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schläft; einsam wacht Nur das traute hochheilige Paar. Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Hirten erst kundgemacht Durch der Engel Halleluja, Tönt es laut von fern und nah: Christ, der Retter ist da! Christ, der Retter ist da! Stille […]

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