Author Archives: Hugh Thompson

The progressive Christian life: sitting enthroned; walking wisely; standing firm

In my youth I considered Nee to-Sheng as a model minister of the gospel – better known here in the West as Watchman Nee. He trained and inspired many apostolic teams who established 700 indigenous congregations all over their native … Continue reading

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Job’s ten gut-wrenching cries he prefaced by an ‘Oh!’

Speakers of Hebrew and English can express their frustration dramatically by deliberately expelling air from their lungs to launch a sentence of deep emotion that starts with an explosive ‘Oh’. For example: [] ‘Oh will you kids take your noisy … Continue reading

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The Snowflake Generation

Just a moment! That phrase, the snowflake generation, nowadays refers to our Western society, so restrained by political correctness that they are afraid to takes risks or show their heads above the parapet. But instead let’s consider the creation of … Continue reading

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Bearing up among one’s spiritual family

Amongst my blogs on ‘Partially Understood Texts’ you would find one labeled ‘Burdensome biblical contradictions’. In it I mention that two neighbouring statements of Paul in Galatians chapter six seem to cancel each other out: [] ‘Bear one another’s burden’ … Continue reading

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Spirituality – have you a vague idea?

According to contemporary authors one can be spiritual without being religious. And we might suppose that our Lord himself agreed with this non-religious aspect of real spirituality when answering the lonely, religious Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar because … Continue reading

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Abraham’s cross-bearing crises

Abraham’s cross-bearing crises (Genesis 12:0 – 25:0) Christian discipleship is often compared to an apprenticeship in which the learners have been yoked to an experienced trainer in some particular craft or trade; if they are successful in an entrance exam … Continue reading

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Marys House

PRAYER AT MARY’S HOUSE We met in Mary’s house to pray. They were difficult days just after the festival, James – may his soul rest in God – had been run through with a sword. King Herod had decided that this … Continue reading

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Why I’m walking tall under my bed!

I was paralysed all my life. I lay around helplessly all day, and that dumbs down the mind from lack of brain stimulation.  Then, in recent years, I was institutionalised.  I shared the alcoves that surround the public pool with … Continue reading

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How a Poor Unknown Girl Helped a Rich Important Man

We don’t know her name, who her parents were, nor in which town she was born. But, still, the Bible tells us that she was a great help to a great man. I would like to borrow a name for … Continue reading

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I tried to defend Jesus

My name is Nicodemus. I am a member of the highest council and court of appeal in Israel – the Sanhedrin. As you can well imagine, trying to get seventy strong-minded men to serve together as one governing body can … Continue reading

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Nicodemus Testomony

I just wanted to give Jesus some practical advice I was well positioned to exert influence at that time, being one of the senior judges and policy makers in our nation. I was well educated and fully qualified to interpret … Continue reading

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The Life-Changing Touch

She so enjoyed coming here to the edge of the lake, just to sit for hours gazing into its turquoise depths. This was her favourite refuge in all of Capernaum – a sacred ashram, secluded by bushes. Here she could … Continue reading

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Jesus and Women – Introduction

Only from Sunday, June 24, 2018 were women in Saudi Arabia allowed to drive! As a main topic of world news it reminded us that women are still suppressed, and often oppressed, in many parts of our world. In a … Continue reading

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The few who knelt to pray     

Surprisingly, less than ten individuals are on record in Scripture as kneeling to pray, most of them on only one occasion! To kneel can be a physical way to manifest humility before God when interceding, although that could be faked. … Continue reading

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Focus: 2018

When Roman legions occupied Britain two thousand years ago, ‘focus’ was their Latin noun for fireplace that later simply meant ‘fire’. That later Latin meaning may have mutated into current English as ‘concentrating one’s attention’ through that trick of using … Continue reading

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Why we long to belong

To ‘belong‘ is one of my favourite English verbs, while ‘home‘ is the noun that brings a warm glow to my heart. Re-reading that best-loved parable of Jesus in Luke 15:1-32 I found the word ‘home’ five times in the … Continue reading

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Praying With Compassion

Spurred on by the biblical exhortation to ‘remember . . . those being mistreated’ (Hebrews 13:3, all references New Living Translation, unless otherwise indicated), I have over the years been guided by the excellent prayer diaries published by Barnabas Fund … Continue reading

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A Hogmanay ‘fireside chat’

‘Focus’ The English language has been a lifetime hobby of mine. I especially enjoy tracking down the source of many of our words. Of course, I was sure that I already knew the only possible meaning of the verb ‘focus’ … Continue reading

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