The thing about redemption is that it screams out “there is hope!” Even in the worst situations where hope appears lost, the story of redemption says it’s worth holding out for hope. The theme of redemption is particularly something that means a lot to me. There are so many episodes in my life where I […]Read More Themes I Love: Redemption
This is a wonderful Psalm. From the crying out from the depths to the cry to Israel to put their hope in the Lord, it’s sweet and concise. One of the things I love about the Psalms is the primacy of a right relationship with God and how He initiates that in His character. I […]Read More Psalm 130 – Access to Redemption: Wait For It …
My friend asked me if I was going to say anything, I shook my head. Eventually he got up and shared an aspect of his testimony and he simply gave thanks for being redeemed. It had a powerful impact on the listeners. It had a powerful impact on me. He knew where he had been […]Read More Psalm 107 – Stories of the Redeemed
Meatloaf always made me chuckle with the line I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that. For the Meatloaf fans, feel free to let me know how I got the wrong end of the stick and don’t appreciate the lyrical beauty of the piece. It still makes me chuckle. Anyway, I was […]Read More The Lengths To Which You Would Go
There is something heartening about stories of redemption. Following football (or soccer if you must) as I do it, is often that players come along who develop a reputation. Assisted by fans and the media, that reputation seemingly forever shapes how the player is regarded. If that reputation is positive the player may on occasion […]Read More A Situation That Is Never Ever Beyond Redemption
What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves. Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols. Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when […]Read More Idols Then Idols Now
Two incidents in the space of a week has me thinking again about how we should remember people. Former radio and television personality and charity worker Jimmy Saville, who died a year ago, has not been accused of a number of incidents of sexually inappropriate behaviour. The charges and allegations have caused quite a stir […]Read More How Should We Remember People?