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Dave Hop

Dave Hop

Contemporary Bible Communicator

A Thought on Unexpected Encounters

I look out on our back garden and see a pink slide, a half-open, poo-strewn guinea pig hutch, a deflating beach ball, and a grubby upended paddling pool. It’s all …

On Music and Musicians

It’s been a week of news on music and musicians. Just today I’ve been reading about a new album by Gerry Rafferty, compiled and produced by his daughter Martha, 10 …

For Pentecost: A Very Special Festival

Pentecost 2021 A Very Special Festival by Rev H James Clarke We had come down from Damascus for the Festival of Weeks…. we went into the city early because we …

Barbed Wire Faith

There’s a figure here in no man’s land, Always present, and forever at hand, Unafraid of the cratered haze, Understands our difficult days. Knows riots and howls and the lives …

Knockin’

Father take this cup from me, Yet not my will be done but yours, This sacrifice – it weighs on me, This call to open heaven’s door. They’ll nail me …

Nine Witness Stories for Holy Week

Nine Witness Stories for the days of Holy Week, 2021 By James Clarke These stories were commissioned by Hereford Diocese for their Holy Week Internet project. Shared with permission. + …

For Easter: The Son

Heat, bugs, and temptation, 40 days, the pressure on, then Starts his mission, jampacked, A rollercoaster that’s a fact. Stories, wisdom, healing… A man down through the ceiling, Meets a …

Monday Rewrite: About Monsters

There are monsters, often small, but they cast a large shadow. Outlines that stalk us through the hours, down the corridors of the years. Wearing us down, eating into our …

Christmas Story: A Snowy Night

There was a chilly bite in the air as I walked further up the hill. As if I was being wrapped in a blanket that had come straight out of …

Tuesday Extra: A Tale of the Unexpected

It’s hard to concentrate at the moment, half the time I don’t know if I’m hammering or chiselling. My head’s like a maze of endless corridors, the thoughts going round …

A new reflection: Trust

A new video from Simeon Wood and myself. A reflection on the theme of Trust…   To know peace for the day’s travelling, For the mountains we must climb, And …

I believe, help me…

Taking some time out from my usual creative posts this week I read a little of Pete Greig’s book God on Mute, and it led me to reflect again on the …

Jaws for Thought

A lighthearted tail of something or nothing. Barely an anecdote really, yet also about fears we hold and the way talking with another can sometimes help… The great fish moved …

A Few Thoughts on Pentecost

A talk given in this recent online service for Roundswell church – to see the whole service click here.

Ascension Reflection

A reflection on the moment when Jesus says goodbye to his friends, affirms them and promises the help of God’s Holy Spirit, by Simeon Wood and myself…

This Easter

A new telling of the Easter account. Music by Simeon Wood. This Easter (The narrative) They gather, talk, eat, squabble, the usual things. Have no idea what’s around the corner. …

Film Friday: Official Secrets

It is 2003 and Katharine Gun works for British Intelligence, translating secret documents. When she comes across a memo about blackmailing small UN states to vote for the UK-US invasion …

Monday Rewrite: Cows

A little parable of sorts. Two friends are about to part company for the day. – Okay, I’ll see you on Sunday then… oh hang on, no. I’m taking my …

Extra: Extract from a re-imagining of John’s Gospel

Chapter 6. The light is fading quickly now. Simon and James stand. ‘We’re going across the lake,’ says James. ‘Anyone else coming?’ They all are, even Mary. They’ve waited long …

Thursday Rewrite: The Hammer

As the blacksmith hammers away, the metal blows raining down on the sharpening spikes, he has no idea. No idea that these callous bits of iron will one day pin …

Friday Extra: Dirt and Glory

‘God’s story from beginning to end tells of glory getting dirty and dirt getting blessed.’ So begins Pete Greig’s book Dirty Glory. I have only started reading chapter one (I …

Monday Rewrite: Not Fair

The teenager stares at him. Speechless. Her face grubby from the day, and her nails chewed from a stressful life. She opens her mouth then clamps it shut again. Then …

Wednesday Riff: Blame

That ever spreading stain, Smearing us and them. A game we play so easily, A game you refuse to join. Seeking another way, Another call. Sitting quietly while the fingers …

Film Friday: The Aftermath

Lewis Morgan is a good man trying to be human in a terrible situation. After World War 2, as the allies settle in Germany and attempt to sort out the …

31 Weird Places Podcast 3

Another 2-minute Podcast, drawing on my book 31 Weird Places to Read Your Bible…

31 Weird Places Podcast 2

The second in the new series of 2-minute Podcasts, 31 Weird Places to read a Bible…

Sunday Story: Stars and Treasure

A man and a woman felt there must be more to life than the things they could see and hear and so, fascinated by the stars and what might lie …

Friday Extra: This Son of All Time

‘Son of all time, now where have you been?’ ‘Touring life’s corridors – and here’s what I’ve seen…’ A sky full of nothing, chaos and birth, A handful of dust …

Thursday Extra: The Four Wise People

And lo, there arose in the sky a new star, and four travellers began to follow it. They came from the east and the west and the north and the …

Film Friday: King of Thieves

When young tech expert Basil comes knocking on the door of ageing crook Brian the stage is set for the biggest jewel heist in history. They gather a gang of …