RIP TL Osborn

Tommy Lee Osborn (December 23, 1923 – February 14, 2013)

Authored by Chris Hall



I have to admit the impending downfall of Chris Huhne filled me with a sort of righteous shout that he had it coming to him. To go from high flying politico and wealthy economist to potential jailbird, wealthy economist and ex-politico was just desserts for that lowest of classes, the professional politician.

But my wife who has much more sense than me and is much more in touch with reality has caused me to reconsider my thoughts.

Huhne has lost so much and has more to lose over what was really an act of stupidity. He and his wife lied about who was driving when he got snapped for speeding. At already 9 points on the licence he was in danger of losing his ability to drive, and probably some kudos within the political circles that he moves. His lie has gathered a life of it’s own with his wife’s revelations and is now totally out of control.

Huhne has lost his wife.

Huhne has lost the respect of his children.

Huhne has lost his political career.

Huhne might well lose his freedom.

And all because of a lie. Others do much worse things and lose less and are punished less. I hope that our system of justice shows him mercy. Mercy is important. Lord help us to remember that.

John 8

New Living Translation 

A Woman Caught in Adultery

8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Psalm 86:5

New Living Translation

5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,  so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

Authored by Chris Hall

Question on Romans 15:27

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Sometimes you come across passages in the Bible that you struggle to understand. Other times you may have difficulty accepting what is being said. And other times you find variations between translations. I’ve been reading up on sharing and fellowship relating to koinonia (κοινωνία) and have found something which I’m struggling to get clarity over.

The verse in question is Romans 15:27 and I’ve given two example translations.

The New Living Translation gives

27 They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially.

And the Common English Bible gives

27 They were happy to do this, and they are actually in debt to God’s people in Jerusalem. If the Gentiles got a share of the Jewish people’s spiritual resources, they ought to minister to them with material resources.

Other translations tend to fall in one camp or the other. The problem I have is understanding who Paul is referring to – the Christian believers in Jerusalem or the Jewish people in Jerusalem? Quite an important point really and would value anyone else’s take on this.

Anyone suggest how this is best resolved?

Authored by Chris Hall

Of Spiritual Gifts

One thing I really appreciate with ebook readers like the Kindle is the ability to add notes and marks. Very useful when you come across something interesting and you want to make sure that you can revisit it.

I’m currently reading a book called True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia  by Jerry Bridges. There is one snippet that leapt out at me when Jerry was writing about spiritual gifts and fellowship –

We usually don’t think of fellowship in terms of responsibility, but that is because we have lost sight of the biblical meaning of fellowship. Fellowship is not just a social privilege to enjoy; it is more basically a responsibility to assume.

This is really important if you fellowship at a church where there is no or limited ordained structure or where the shape of the church is more open to expression. We all love to be fed and watered when fellowshipping but it truly is a blessing to serve as well, even if sometimes we don’t feel that way.

Whatever spiritual gift or function the Lord has for us may we strive to find it and use it!

Authored by Chris Hall