Top 10 posts of 2020

The pandemic and confronting racism were major themes of 2020, so its no surprise that posts focusing on these topics were amongst the most popular at It was also a record year for readers, so here’s a list of what people looked at most:

#10 – One of the later parts of the series re-reading Vashti in the book of Esther, this post looks at the consequences of Vashti’s decision to speak out against the king.

Punishment and exile: Vashti’s “such a time as this” (part 5)

#9 – This post reflects on the letter to Philemon from Onesimus’ perspective and in light of the contemporary church context.

Onesimus’ life matters – reflections on Philemon (Part 1)

#8 – The Philemon series particularly raises this prophetic question: are Philemon and the White church “older brothers” types such as the prodigal’s brother etc?

Are Philemon and the White church “older brothers”? (Final reflections on Paul’s letter to Philemon)

#7 – How Vashi set the scene for Esther’s starring moment.

Vashti’s “such a time as this” (part 1)

#6 – Know no man after the flesh…

My very ‘heart’: Who Onesimus is in Christ – Reflections on Philemon (Part 3)

#5 – A personal reflection on how we are all connected to slavery…

Racism, compensation and me

#4 – Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Or so the saying goes. I am now sure that I would be that categorical, but – either way – it is clear that Ahaseurus was drunk on power in the book of Esther.

Drunk on power: Vashti’s “such a time as this” (part 2)

#3 – I am glad to see that my recent posts on racism have been amongst the most read. So often we assume we know what we think about things, but this year has provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on the consequences of our beliefs.

Black lives matter: why ‘colourblindness’ is theologically problematic

#2 – This post summarises my Vashti series from 2018, highlighting Vashti’s role in setting the stage for what came next in the book of Esther. It was guest posted at the Centre for the study of the bible and violence and continues to be popular more than two years later.

Vashti was a queen…

#1 – Reflecting on the theological context of taking a knee, the post raises the questions: is it wrong for Christians to take a knee? And what is the background to this stance?

Taking a knee is a more Christian statement than refusing


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