Why is death often called ‘falling asleep’?

In the Bible there are many of examples of faithful people ‘falling asleep’, which is a euphemism to describe death. But why? Is it misguided to think that they might ever wake up again? “Jesus appeared to more than 500 brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep,”…

What is Truth? – Part 1

At the trial of the Lord Jesus Christ, Pontius Pilate heard him talk about “the truth”. “You say correctly that I am a King. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice,” (John 18v37)….

Churches in the News

The news this month has contained several articles to do with established churches trying to keep up with the times. Firstly, we heard that the Pope was offering time-off in Purgatory for people who followed his Twitter account: “The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after…

An Amazing Funeral

It was a sombre event, for the Queen had ordered a special funeral for one of her Prime Ministers – Margaret Thatcher. Everything was done precisely, and thousands flocked along the streets to see such a rare ceremony. Millions around the world watched it on their television screens. It was a never to be forgotten…

Beginner’s Guide to Reading the Bible – Part 5

When you choose a Bible, it is definitely worth getting one that has a margin with cross-references. These are references to other parts of the Bible, normally in abbreviated form (like Mat. 2:5) and sometimes appear down the centre of the page, and sometimes at the bottom. These marvellous tools point out where other verses are…

Did Jesus really exist?

If you were asked whether we had more evidence for the existence of Julius Caesar (below) or Jesus Christ, what would you say? It may surprise some people to know that based on the surviving contemporary documents, Julius Caesar is more likely to be a legend than Jesus Christ. This is because there is a…

Brian Cox: A Creator makes sense

“I’m not religious, however I think it’s a misunderstanding of both science and religion to say that they should be mutually exclusive. I don’t like that, I think it’s an unnecessary conflict. “If I believed in God, I would say that the most spectacular demonstration of the ingenuity of the Creator is in setting up…