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Dave Hop

Dave Hop

Contemporary Bible Communicator

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. …

Monday Rewrite: Discovered Email from Naomi to Boaz

mara@notpleasant.widow to goodman@wealthy.bethlehem Dear Boaz If you ever hurt my daughter-in-law I’ll break your nose. She is the most caring, dedicated person I have ever met. Back in Moab, when …

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, …

‘Life Slips By, Abrahams, Life Slips By’

This week has seen the passing of at least three well known people, Victoria Wood, Prince, and Guy Hamilton – the man who directed four James Bond movies, including the …

Sunday Extra: The Quick and the Undead

With the release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (yes – really) it set me wondering whether there was anything in the notion of The Bible and Zombies. I know it …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Awesome Ages

They’re as old as the hills – and some of them are older. Some of the Old Testament dudes lived so long their ages look more like telephone numbers. Can …

Who Dost Thou Thinkest Thou Art?

There is an awful lot of begatting in the Bible. Begatting is kind of the Biblical name for producing children. Having said this, look at this list of names and …

Marvellous Mixed-Up Stories

My daughter has this book called Mixed-up Fairy Tales and she loves getting them all wrong – e.g. Prince Charming… bit into… seven dwarves… fell asleep and turned into… a bowl of …

Katastrophic Kings

The Bible contains more Kings than you can shake a sceptre at. In fact there are two whole books dedicated to Old Testament Kings… called…er  … hang on, let me …

I’m A Bible Star Get Me Outa Here!

The Bible is full of celebrities and wannabe stars – here are just a few of them… Queen Esther Esther, what a career. The Julia Roberts of the Bible. A …

Disturbing Disciples

Messiah’s Thirteen – Can You Name ‘em? Not a sequel to a sequel of a movie – but the dudes who went from fishing and taxes and revolutionary gangs and …

Acrimonious Acts

Can you put together the death with the deathee (i.e. the one who died with the way they died)? 1/ Eutychus 2/ Saphira 3/ Herod Agrippa 4/ Stephen 5/ James …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 28

For part 27 click here. ‘I did hear a rumour that one of the humans could walk on water,’ said Tiberius. ‘I heard that two people once did. But one …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 27

 For part 26 click here. ‘They can walk through walls and make things disappear,‘ said Ararnia, her eyes wide and her red hair shuddering as she spoke. ‘And they can …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 26

For part 25 click here. ‘You mean we have to hold our breath to stay invisible, miss?’ said Ararnia, putting her hand up after she’d spoken. ‘Invisibility is vital to …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 25

Click here for part 24. ‘Right! Let’s try number 37, you rabble,’ Professor Bagriel said to the rest of the class and he strummed the harp again. ‘Everyone – together …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 24

For part 23 click here. ‘No good attempting to look invisible Mr S,’ Professor Bagriel said, ‘I know for a fact that Miss Astonishing has not yet put you through …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 23

Click here for part 22. ‘Now, young flyers, who knows anything cherubim and seraphim?’ asked Wing Commander Hygbald. Petrona Punch stared out of the window. Ararnia put both hands in …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 22

Click here for part 21. The creatures at the fence took one look at the travelling storm cloud and turned and fled. Zenufius and Zenobius sighed, wiped their brows and …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 21

For part 20 click here. ‘What do you think about all that stuff hairy Hygbald was telling us,’ Tiberius asked as they hid outside in the dark, late that night. …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 20

Click here for part 19. Ambrose put his hand up. ‘I think they shave a lot,’ he said. ‘They do Mr Grey,’ said Wing Commander Hygbald. ‘Indeed they do.’ He …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 19

Click here for part 18. Wing Commander Hygbald had white tufts of hair sticking out of the sides of his head.  He looked like a favourite grandfather. ‘Now there young …

Lyrical Riffs

Recently I was watching a BBC programme celebrating the history of the guitar riff. Apparently these are a couple of the earliest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFo8-JqzSCM In the programme Brian May of the …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 18

For part 17 click here. ‘They call me Venus Flytrap,’ the girl with thin green lips said. ‘Why?’ She gave a sly grin. ‘Because I can do this trick.’ She …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 17

Click here for part 16. Ararnia headed off. Tiberius, Normal and Ocacia just watched her. ‘We can’t just turn up,’ said Normal. ‘You did yesterday,’ said Tiberius. ‘They might not be …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 16

For part 15 click here. ‘I will also be taking you for communication this year and communication is vitally important here. It’s the centre of everything we do. It’s the …

Guardian Grange Heroes: Part 15

For part 14 click here. The first lesson the following morning, in fact the first lesson ever for the eight new intakes at Guardian Grange, was Communication Skills. Mr Quintius, …