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Dave Hop

Dave Hop

Contemporary Bible Communicator

Saturday Extra: Face to Face

I saw him in a bar, didn’t like the look of him at all, wasn’t what I was expecting. Hair a little too ragged, a little too long. He’d shaved … Read on

Thursday Extra: Two Famous Men

Two famous men, both wanted, both guilty. By the end of the day one will be dead, the other never more alive. The first guilty man wakes, sits up, feels … Read on

Friday Extra: Tale of Tales

As I was out walking one day I came across a boy fleeing home towards a risky adventure, his pockets stuffed with his father’s cash. I climbed a fence and … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Together

How very good and pleasant it is when people live together in harmony. When forgiveness oils the wheels of relationships, When kindness is the currency. When understanding is the language … Read on

Saturday Extra: The Cost

Zebedee and his son James have a bit of a chat. James. Dad you know he we really love working with you? Zeb. (cautiously ) Is this about money, are … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Anger & Love

The Lord is gracious and compassionate Slow to anger and rich in love Unlike us Our anger, our love, just pale corrupted imitations His anger, his love, creative, full of … Read on

Film Friday: Hidden Figures

It is 1961. When Mary Jackson decides she wants to be an engineer at NASA she discovers she requires an extra qualification, one that she can only get at a … Read on

Saturday Rewrite: The Domestic

She eyeballs him. He eyeballs her. Will either of them confess? ‘What’s happening?’ The stranger repeats his question. He sighs, but she’s the one who opens her mouth. ‘We were … Read on

Easter Sunday Rewrite: Ghosts

She opens her eyes and stares at the window. As if it was time to wake up. As if she’d actually been asleep. It’s been a long night, she has … Read on

Saturday Extra: A Couple of Coins

For anyone who never realised that when they were doing something small they were actually doing something rather momentous. Cast: Andrew (A) Mum (M) A. What’s wrong mum? M. Oh … Read on

Yule Blog!

Great moment from Talladega Nights about preferring Jesus as a baby rather than letting him grow up! Not sure if this is really a Christmassy moment but it seems a … Read on

Wednesday Riff: Your Song

To be in your song To hear your singing of it To know it is about me To live in its melody To understand the lyrics To walk in its … Read on

All Saints Day Extra: The Map

A little conversation at supper between Jesus and a few flawed saints. ‘No we don’t.’ Thomas looks at him, straightening himself a little as he speaks, his eyes on fire. … Read on

Wednesday Riff: This Body

This body, walking, running, stumbling, limping, so diverse At times one step forward, sometimes two steps in reverse This body, old and young, tired, inspired, weak and strong This body, … Read on

Plans

This week’s midweek moment… We make our plans but God has the last word Life so often surprises me We make our plans but God has the last word I … Read on

The Monday Rewrite: The Inedibles

A bit of the Bible revisited. This week: Genesis 7: 1-4. The sheep and cows and doves are strutting their stuff. They’ve got lots of friends. They feel very confident indeed. … Read on

The Monday Rewrite: Top Dog

A bit of the Bible revisited. This week: 1 Samuel 18 vv 5-16. Whatever Saul asked the famous giantkiller to do, David made a good fist of it. So the … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 46

Click here for part 45. Mr Quintius surveyed the eight cadets of Q1. Tiberius Sky shifted restlessly from foot to foot, everything about him larger than life and larger than … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 45

Click here for part 44. They followed Mr Quintius out towards the sport fields. Normal and Tiberius were the last and as they followed Podium and Wagget stepped out of … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 44

Click here for part 43. ‘So, there was this little girl, and she was massive, I mean absolutely massive. Like a huge monster.’ ‘How could she be massive if she … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes Part 43

For part 42 click here. The headmaster reached into the safe and pulled out a key. It shimmered and kept changing colour as he held it up. ‘This my dear Mr … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes Part 42

For part 41 click here. Normal just nodded. ‘How on earth did you get to… well… earth?’ asked the headmaster. Normal told him about diving into the Silver Lake and … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes Part 41

For part 40 click here. Normal shrugged. The headmaster snapped his fingers and the music came to a stop. Two red leather armchairs were crouching beside a roaring log fire. … Read on

Guardian Grange Part 40

Click here for part 39. Gabriel nodded towards the headmaster and took a step back. ‘Well,’ said the head, ‘that was most inspiring. Now anyone got any questions?’ Ararnia put … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 39

For part 38 click here. Gabriel continued, his voice still sounding like three people blended together. ‘Now, you might think there is nothing unusual with humans having babies, they do … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 38

For part 37 click here. The other figure stood up. He towered above everyone, even Professor Bagriel. His face shone a little as if someone had put a light bulb … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 37

Click here for part 36. The school was lined up in the main hall for assembly. All the staff were present. Mr Quintius led his class of new cadets in then … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 36

Click here for part 35. The wolves glanced sideways at one another, then, at the dip of the leader’s head they tensed their grey bodies and started to run towards … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 35

Click here for part 34. ‘Now,’ said Mr Quintius, ‘anyone like animals?’ Petrona’s hand went up. Ararnia put hers half up then retracted it. ‘Good, Petrona, Ararnia and Normal come … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 34

For part 33 click here. They spun round and saw old Rafe standing there. ‘You two rascals again!’ he muttered. ‘I caught you before. And now I see you’ve got … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 33

For part 32 click here. ‘What happened to you?’ she said, wringing water from her hair. ‘We found a tunnel,’ said Normal. ‘Yea, and humans!’ said Tiberius. ‘They were well … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 32

For part 31 click here. Normal was there in the bedroom, standing looking down the back of the radiator. ‘Where did you get to?’ asked Tiberius. ‘Look,’ said Normal, with … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 31

For part 30 click here. The tunnel was dark and Tiberius swam with all his might, his large body only just fit and he kept scuffing the sides. He was … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 30

For part 29 click here. Tiberius looked at Normal. Normal looked at Ocacia. They all shrugged in unison. There came another ear battering thunderclap and they turned and fled onto … Read on

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 29

Click here for part 28. ‘I can hear something,’ said Ararnia, standing upright on the water again. She ran towards them across the silver surface, sending up ghostly splashes as … Read on