Saturday 10 December 2022

Jesus: is the Good News

The Birth of Christ story gives a prominence to some men on watch who had a fright one night, which turned out to be really something, something beyond, imagining...

Monday 28 November 2022

Jesus: Followed; and UNfollowed

 There was a time when the numbers were noticeably growing, and then they weren't.

A field-preacher named John (the baptiser) had started the upheaval. He was the "warm up". Jesus was the point of the moment. Jesus returned to Galilee with the power of the Spirit. News about him spread everywhere. He taught in the Jewish synagogues, and everyone praised him. (Luke 4:14-15, CEV). Jesus had connected with John down in Judea. He went back to Galilee to increasing popular notice, to crowds assembling, to excitement.

Sunday 13 November 2022

Jesus: and the evil (v3)

The devil; Satan

In our New Testament (NT), "the devil" is first mentioned in Matthew 4 and Luke 4; Mark, in his comparable, very brief mention, has the name “Satan” in place of “devil” (1:13). The setting is Jesus’ “temptation”: Will Jesus pay heed to the evil one's prompts to take the easy way? (I suppose under the conventions of writing it makes sense to capitalise the word that seems to be used as a name.)

In the pages of the NT, evil forces are taken seriously, but not feared, by those who follow Jesus.
There came a stage when Jesus expanded his reach in his community by delegating and sending out. This involved followers confronting the works of evil: Summoning his twelve disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal every[a] disease and sickness.[b]...
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you received, freely give. ... 
If anyone does not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town. (Matthew 10: 1,8, 14-15, CSB). Mark and Luke have comparable reports. I note that "spirit" and "demon" are used as equivalents (see further following).

Monday 31 October 2022

Jesus: no ghost (!)

they thought he was a ghost, and they started screaming Look! a ghost! they said (in effect). 

Sunday 11 September 2022

Jesus: Disappointed v.5

Recorded the one occasion, Jesus spoke to people as being twisted, as stubborn, as distorting the truth, as being a perverted generation.

Tuesday 16 August 2022

Jesus: and the disillusioned

A five loaves and two fish episode evidently made an impact! It is one of the few pericopes reported (variously) by all four of the Gospels.

At the common climactic point a small (child’s?) meal is being consumed by a huge company.

John makes it very clear this was a critical moment for the "general public" of that time and place. (To this I return below.)

Thursday 11 August 2022

Finding JS4UNME Blog

My apologies to any reader who found it difficult. More change is in view, but (temporarily) my blog is findable via the addresses:

Both of the above should be reliable for now I think.

The "permanent" address is via the Google Blogger platform:

 [I expect (hope) to soon succeed in gaining the .au address for the blog. Not much time left.]

22/3/2023: Still a problem to be solved.

God bless you!
Allen Hampton

Sunday 17 April 2022

Jesus: Risen

The account of Jesus has not yet ended. The account of Jesus does not end with his burial. Nor with his resurrection... and certainly not with his birth!

Friday 15 April 2022

Jesus: Crucified

Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died (Mark 15:44, NIV).

Wednesday 2 March 2022

Jesus: Lamb of God

the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” - so said John (the baptiser) of Jesus. 

Sunday 23 January 2022


This volume I imported directly from UK. Could not source here at the time. Expensive!
Printed Bibles in various versions and forms are available from many reliable on-line sellers. Some offer free postage. (Some also sell the New Testament separately.) From my Australian perspective:


(I think you do need to know just what you want to order.) 

Note: The pictured volume I imported directly from Bible Society UK; ISBN 9780564050772 

Koorong also sells smaller volumes - individual documents (or, books) such as 'Gospels'. Others may do as well.

Orders are placed simply without opening an account and all costs are shown.

(It is possible the order process will provide an option to make a donation. A donation is not required.)

Unfortunately, packages when received may contain other items from them, some of a fund-raising nature. (They can be recycled.)

Bible in other Languages

A great many languages other than English are available from the Koorong on-line 'shop'. Others may also support.


If you are needing assistance to find a Bible source for your country, please send me a message. I will do what I can.

On-screen books OK? (including in languages)

I find the WWW on-line text resources of Bible Gateway and Blue Letter Bible good. (There are others.)

  •  (check their link "Read the Bible")

This is an app for mobile devices, new to me. It comes from "Global Recordings Network" (GRN). Certainly, the app has links to huge resources in very, very, many languages. (The image is just from the app listing.)

URL for Global Recordings site:

Post revised, updated 23/01/2022, and reposted here