“…and books were opened.”

The Governor-General and the Chief Secretary have had their books opened today. Time will tell what the judgement will be. One day we will stand alongside them and even the monarch that they represent as our own books are opened. What will the judgement be then for you?

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Fulfilled. He would Be Called a Nazarene.

Matthew’s infancy narrative closes with the most intriguing of his claims to a fulfilment of Old Testament promise and prophecy. Matthew 2 ends with what appears to be a wrapping up of events; a denouement to all that has come before. After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph […]

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Fulfilled. Rachel Weeping for her Children.

There’s one part of Matthew’s infancy narrative that never seems to make the Christmas Cards or school plays. When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance […]

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Fulfilled. Out of Egypt I Called My Son.

We continue our exploration of Matthew’s use of the Old Testament in his infancy narrative as we turn to the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt. In our previous piece we saw the Magi arrive to find the new-born King of the Jews. They are met by Herod the Great who wants to use […]

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Fulfilled. But you, Bethlehem.

Matthew’s second citation of Scripture in his infancy narrative comes early in chapter 2. Having shown us the promise surrounding the birth of Jesus he now shifts almost 2 years later and introduces us to some foreign visitors… After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the […]

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Fulfilled. Born of a Virgin.

It’s already December 27th and 2019 rushes towards a close. Maybe you’re also one of the many who attended church at Christmas and heard the Scriptures read, perhaps even from Matthew’s Gospel. They’re familiar words and we can often pass over them without too much sustained thought. In the run-up to Christmas, the season of […]

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Freedom – A Hill to Die On

You’re a sinner. I don’t know what your particular proclivity is but I do know one thing for sure. You’re a sinner. Mind you, I’m a sinner too but it could be that you didn’t even get to this second line because you were already offended by what I wrote.  That’s your prerogative, but it […]

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Why the Monarchy isn’t Going Away

You have to have a fair degree of sympathy for Australian republicans at the moment. The narrative isn’t really going with them. Support for the royals in Australia doesn’t appear to be waning, even though it consistently lags a little behind those who want to see change. The breach in the walls of support that […]

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