Author Archives: Marcello

Messianic Time and Animals – Part Four and Conclusion

For those who have not read: Part One Part Two Part Three THE SABBATH: GOD’S TIME IN HISTORY As a tangible lesson of Messianic time and what it entails, in the Hebrew Bible we find the example of the Sabbath: … Continue reading

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Messianic Time and Animals – Part Three

For those who have not read: Part One Part Two LIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY The Bible presents what is essentially a dynamic view of righteousness. We are shown an initial ideal in the first two chapters of Genesis and are later … Continue reading

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Messianic Time and Animals – Part Two

For those who have not read Part One. MESSIANIC  TIME  The radical contrast between the Christian and the secular view of time is both profound and startling. Whereas secular time varies between a view that sees history as an unending … Continue reading

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Messianic Time and Animals – Part One

LIVING AT THE END OF HISTORY In 1989 the political scientist Francis Fukuyama wrote a landmark paper entitled ‘The End of History’. In the view of Fukuyama the end of the Cold War represented the completion of history as we … Continue reading

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Challenging Religion – Part Six and Conclusion

See Part One here. See Part Two here. See Part Three here. See Part Four here. See Part Five here. For the entire article go here: Challenging Religion. The Righteousness of the Pharisees At the start of his ministry Jesus … Continue reading

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Challenging Religion – Part Five

See Part One here. See Part Two here. See Part Three here. See Part Four here. For the entire article go here: Challenging Religion. A Case Study in Religion: ‘Eat What is Set Before You’ Twinned with the false interpretation … Continue reading

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Challenging Religion – Part Four

See Part One here. See Part Two here. See Part Three here. For the entire article go here: Challenging Religion. The New Kosher From an animal welfare perspective nowhere do we see the battle between faith and religion more than in … Continue reading

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Challenging Religion – Part Three

See Part One here. See Part Two here. For the entire article go here: Challenging Religion. The Destruction of the Temple As Jesus walks through the corridors of history he beckons those that would follow him to come out of religion … Continue reading

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Challenging Religion – Part Two

If you have not done so, you can read Part One here. To read the entire article, go here: Challenging Religion. Mercy not Sacrifice While God temporarily accommodated to animal sacrifice in the Old Testament, the prophet Jeremiah gives us a … Continue reading

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Challenging Religion – Part One

Defining Religion The word religion both in modern usage, but also biblically, tends to be employed in a variety of ways. In one of the few times the word is utilised in the New Testament, James in his epistle tells … Continue reading

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Testifying to the Truth and Creation

Jesus’s Mission: The Truth In our age of moral and cultural relativism the mere mention of the word ‘truth’ can seem totally out of place. ‘What is truth?’ was Pilate’s question, and yet Jesus before him proclaimed that the purpose … Continue reading

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How Jesus Changes Everything

1. How Jesus Changes Everything A central theme in Scripture is what is described as prolepsis. The famous German theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg described this as being the central theme of the Bible. Prolepsis refers to a narrative technique in which … Continue reading

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Heaven is a Place on Earth

By Marcello Newall   ‘In the last analysis, it is our conception of death which decides our answers to all the questions that life puts to us.’ Dag Hammarskjold Where’s Heaven? One of the strangest things I’ve ever come across … Continue reading

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You Can Be Complete in Christ

You Can Be Complete in Christ By Marcello Newall 1. The Deepest Darkness In a truly horrendous nightmare, Jean Paul,[1] he himself a Christian, imagines what a world without God would be like: ‘Christ went on: “I traversed the worlds, … Continue reading

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Why Compassion will Triumph over Cruelty

By Marcello Newall A Cruel World We live in a cruel world. Violence often seems to be institutionalized and what is worse even celebrated. Wars, terrorism and random acts of nastiness pervade the news everyday. In all this animals are, … Continue reading

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