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Dave Hop

Dave Hop

Contemporary Bible Communicator

The Fun Dust Bible: Part Seven

A little bit mad, a little bit anarchic, but hopefully unexpected and engaging… (If you missed part six, click here) Part Seven: The Bit with the Boat The pages of the …

The Fun Dust Bible: Part Six

A little bit mad, a little bit anarchic, but hopefully unexpected and engaging… (If you missed part five, click here) Part Six: The Bit with the Tiny Voice Thirty-eight soldiers came …

The Fun Dust Bible: Part Five

A little bit mad, a little bit anarchic, but hopefully unexpected and engaging… (If you missed part four, click here) Part Five: The Bit about the Bonfire Jed and Yolanda …

Saturday Extra: Future Deal

A little parable… He was sitting on a rusty oil drum tossing sharp stones into the canal when the stranger appeared. ‘Do I know you?’ he snarled gently. ‘Don’t think …

The Fun Dust Bible: Part Four

A little bit mad, a little bit anarchic, but hopefully unexpected and engaging… (If you missed part three, click here) Part Four: The Bit with the Beanstalk The spit-covered man …

The Fun Dust Bible: Part Three

A little bit mad, a little bit anarchic, but hopefully unexpected and engaging… (If you missed part two, click here) Part Three: The Bit about the Fish Jed and Yolanda …

The Fun Dust Bible: Part Two

A little bit mad, a little bit anarchic, but hopefully unexpected and engaging… (If you missed part one, click here) Part Two: The Bit with the Giant The giant had …

The Fun Dust Bible: Part One

A little bit mad, a little bit anarchic, but hopefully unexpected and engaging… Part One: The Bit Where Fun Dust is Born The door creaked open, dust filled the air, …

Wednesday Riff: Seven Days

On the first day God made a table and it was good. On day two God made four chairs, and these were good. On the third day God made a …

Wednesday Rewrite: Don’t Give Up!

Paul lifts his pen, his fist hovers over the parchment, he can see the tension in his grip, the urgency to communicate. A single bead of sweat groups on his …

Saturday Extra: Thomas’s Week

It’s the first thought that hits him each morning, when the sun strikes his eyelids and he wakes to another long lonely day. The others still lie low, in spite …

Saturday Rewrite: Special Delivery

The Jones family were sad and frustrated that Christmas Eve. Sniping at one another, no one in a festive mood, it felt like it had been a bad year without …

Thursday Rewrite: No New King

From our reporter in Bethlehem. There is talk of a new king in town, but it isn’t going to happen, I can assure you. Herod won’t stand for any competition. …

Thursday Extra: In The Shadows

It was Christmas Eve, and a dark one at that for Nat Wyldwink. As he trudged home in the half-light he kept glancing to his right and left, his shadow …

An Advent Prayer

Lord, Christmas so clearly affects us, The plans, presents, parties, and preparations of all kinds. It affects our resources, our time, our energy, But what of Advent? The promise of …

Just a Fun Story: The BIF (Big Important Fall)

It happened so quickly, he just glanced the wrong way at a passing seagull and whoops! In fact – ‘Whoops!’, ‘Agghh!’ and ‘No-ooooooooooooo!’ – to describe the sound properly. And …

Tuesday Extra: Changing Professions

Started out as a humble carpenter-builder, Fixing furniture and houses with his earthly dad. Working with wood and stone, Crafting something good from very little. Ended up as a Sunday …

Christmas Resources and Ideas

A collection of Christmas pieces, admittedly many of them shared before, but gathered together in case you find them useful. The first few are responsive stories, involving the audience. You …

Thursday Extra: Imagine a Perfect World

Imagine a perfect world, full of splendour, excitement, peace and all the good things that make life worth living. With all the best entertainment, food, sports, music, theme parks, shops, …

Saturday Extra: Father, Forgive Them

It’s a gasp, a cry, a whispering on the breath of death. It comes down the ages, seeping into life’s crevices… For the old, the young, the weak and the …

Thursday Extra: Russian Dolls

There’s a Russian Doll on the mantelpiece, resembling folks like me. Not so much the face and shape – the layers we can’t see. I doubt we mean to make …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Wednesday Extra: We All Gotta Praise

Every time I hear Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot’s new single, I Gotta Praise, I just feel this burning urge to respond to it. Paul Heaton was in the Housemartins …

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 …

Saturday Extra: Biscuits and Memories

Every day he goes down there. To his shed at the bottom of the garden. A place of silence, solitude, old biscuits and stale coffee. And memories. He’s been coming …

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 …

Saturday Extra: The Musician

Some people seem to carry their past in the way they walk. It’s all there on show. In a shuffle or a stoop or a spring in the step. Their …

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 …

Saturday Extra: The Interview

I met him in a low lit bar long after 1 in the morning. He didn’t want our meeting to be publicised. But he did want to tell his side …

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 …

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 …

Thursday Rewrite: Alternate Reality

Jude stands in the darkness and waits, the eager guards at his shoulder. He can feel the breath of another man on the back of his neck, the heat of …

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 …

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 …

Saturday Spoof: The Good Book Programme

With more than a hefty nod and a wink towards Monty Python, here’s a piece without a lot of meaning, but hopefully might bring a smile, imagine if Moses had …

Coffee, Toilets & Shoeboxes: The Gift of Imagination

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ8iFDASQco My wife told me about Suspended Coffee today and showed me the video above. And it struck me yet again how innovative people can be. When someone suggests we …

Christmas Rewrite Extra: The Christmas Shop

Christmas Eve. A couple walk the aisles of a supermarket gathering up the food and frills for a cracking Christmas. Early on in their travels they spot the Christmas baby …

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 …

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 …

Christmas Resources: Dramas and Dialogues

To download free PDF versions of the following Christmas pieces just click on each title below. Then on the page it takes you to click the line in RED which …

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. …