Author Archives: Hugh Thompson

Did Dr. Luke hint that dining in a group with Jesus would boost one’s physical, mental and spiritual health?

Throughout my daily Bible readings in Luke’s Gospel I numbered each reference to food and eating as a sequence of jigsaw pieces, so that one day I could visualise the evangelist’s whole picture on this subject. Recently I eventually finished … Continue reading

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What to do when you feel down

Having spoken several times over the phone to an old friend whose recent bereavement has sent her emotions on an unwelcome roller coaster ride, I found a two-part article in my wife’s UCB Radio’s ‘Word For Today’ notes for Wednesday … Continue reading

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Who or what is ‘Leviathan’?

After Job had endured immense losses – deprived of his loving family, his successful businesses and his robust health – God then reminded him of how tiny he appeared to be among some other living creatures, especially when compared to … Continue reading

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Jeremiah, a prophetic bird watcher

The Creator’s timer technology I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the internal causes that trigger bird migration. Presumably, prior to Noah’s flood there was no need for any birds to change their locality But now some species seem to … Continue reading

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How friendship with God ….

How friendship with God can be developed through purposeful praying (in its various forms) Lauren Winner majors on petition in the chapter on prayer in her book ‘The Dangers of Christian Practice’. She also mentions three other aspects of praying … Continue reading

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Crumbs! That was some banquet!

While musing my way daily through Matthew’s Gospel I noticed two editorial headings on adjoining pages of my New Living Translation: ‘Jesus Feeds Five Thousand’ (Matthew 14:13-21) and ‘Jesus Feeds Four Thousand’ (Matthew 15:32-39), and in between I was reminded … Continue reading

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Bible commentators ‘at sixes and sevens’ about Wisdom

I will admit straight off that I’ve always been incompetent at calculating ‘sums and maths’. In fact I’ve found all my life that dealing with numbers is somewhat scary. But I have never had a problem spelling such words as … Continue reading

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A tally of tears      

While watching televised interviews with the very few aged Jewish survivors of the Holocaust still living here in Britain, I was surprised to learn that none of them had ever given way to weeping throughout their subsequent long lives. One … Continue reading

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Slow but sure

As I set off on my regular exercise of a daily walk I found myself singing: ‘I am blessed, I am blessed, Every day of my life I am blessed. When I wake up in the morning, till I lay … Continue reading

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Short and sweet

The phrase ‘short and sweet’ is generally used about some event that took place briefly yet was most enjoyable. We could also apply the expression to some individuals of short stature who are very likeable. I’ve recently written a blog … Continue reading

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Snippets and Horizons

I have noticed recently that my recollections of ‘the olden days’ seem to occur as small detached items, rather like individual jigsaw pieces. At the same time a thought popped into my head from years ago about some reference to … Continue reading

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Storytelling series B7: modern yarns of gospel truths

Hidden Garden Treasure ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field’ (Matthew 13:44 New Living Translation) [] Godly Gardening I hate gardening. Before leaving home for a ministry trip to Poland I … Continue reading

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Storytelling series B6, modern yarns that convey Bible truths

‘Kiss and don’t tell’ by Jon MacGregor or – ‘Be sure your sins will find you out’ (Numbers 32:23) This well-told piece of autobiographical fiction ends before the final outcome, leaving . . . us . . . wondering . … Continue reading

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Storytelling series B5, Modern yarns that convey Bible truths

That’s not repentance –it is ego-preservation If you are an American, July the 4ith is for you Independence Day – an occasion for national celebration. If you are British, it is more like Rebellion Day – to be ignored. But … Continue reading

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Storytelling series B4

Bad luck? Good luck? Only time will tell’ Here is some good advice that Paul sent to some very new Christians: ‘Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for … Continue reading

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Storytelling series B3: Modern yarns that convey Bible truths

Hidden Garden Treasure I always hated gardening.  But my wife and all her relatives love it.  Mind you, I do all the heavy work for her: I dig the bean trench, mow the lawn, and pull up the weeds.  But … Continue reading

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Storytelling series B2: Modern yarns that convey Bible truths

A much loved old pot Every morning an old man set out from a poor village in India with two big empty clay pots – one on each shoulder – and walked to the well one kilometer away. He would … Continue reading

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Storytelling series B1: Modern yarns that convey Bible truths

The penitent rebel’s substitute Where better than tribal Africa to see biblical truths enacted in vivid meaningful drama in real life situations? W F P Burton was a Pentecostal missionary who spent most of his adult life in what was … Continue reading

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