A Tragic Victory (2 Samuel 18)

Absalom should not have died that day. It was unjust, avoidable, a tragedy. I’ve mentioned a few times recently the difference between comedy and tragedy. Comedy ends in victory, joy and celebration. The protagonist is better off at the end than at the start. Tragedy ends in disaster for the central characters. Continue reading


David in exile – Death and Resurrection foreshadowed

On Easter Sunday, we saw how Jesus met with the two travellers on the Road to Emmaus. Luke tells us that [1]

“Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”

This is the starting point for saying that we can and should preach Christ from all Scripture. So, when I’m looking at an Old Testament passage, I’m thinking “How could I preach Christ and the Gospel from here?” Or … “if Jesus had picked up on this bit on the Emmaus Road, what would he have said about it?” Continue reading

Power, complacency and sending (4) David, Bathsheba and a different type of sending

We’ve seen the danger of being people who “send” demonstrating power, control and complacency. However, there is someone else in the Bible who sends. Continue reading

Power, complacency and sending (3) David, Bathsheba and the middle aged leader

This is one of those risky posts because it has its roots in a bit of speculation. So, let’ out those disclaimers in place. Treat this as a ” What if” type post rather than a ” here is the definitive exegesis and application.”  Continue reading

Temptation, Power and Sin (2 Samuel 11)

Why we need to talk about Sin

We need to talk about sin. It’s the last thing we want to talk about, especially in church. Church is where we sing happy songs and talk about how God is love and we are saved by grace.  Sin encroaches on our safe space. Continue reading