I was reading through the passages in Matthews Gospel that tell us a little about the goings on during Holy Week in Jerusalem all those 2000 odd years ago. What I was hoping to was write a piece on something to do with Holy Week. What I noticed instead, was that in the midst of the week, there seemed to be good deal of story … Continue reading Why did Jesus’ practice of telling parables disappear?
I watched one of those ‘review of the year’ programmes early this morning when my dog woke us all up at 6. I had remembered many things. But forgot about the eclipse. That rare sight. Only partial in the UK but still a rare moment in astronomical history. Footage of cars piled into fields to watch the moment of light to darkness and then slowly … Continue reading The wait is almost over
Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[e] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’[f]” (Matthew 21: 12-13) You may or may not realise that … Continue reading Easter week reflection; Where Childrens praises caused uproar
Over the last few weeks, and building up an opportunity this morning to preach at Headland Baptist church on the subject of Salt and Light ( Matthew 5:13-17) , “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. 14 “You are … Continue reading Empowerment, Jesus Style – being Salt and Light
Questions beginning with If are great on detached, when you have the chance to get beyond the banter, but get to an ‘If’ question, and all of a sudden the young adult, or even if we’re asked it, we, need to stop and change gear. Our minds, thus far full of process thoughts and next steps in conversation, are transported to a world of ideas, … Continue reading The power of ‘If’
In thinking about street based, or should I broaden this and say public theatrical performance, I’m drawn again to the remarkable theatrical performances of Jesus in the stage of the public arena. His audience wasn’t the gladiatorial amphitheatre, but it was the crowd from the boat, the crowd of the mountain, the baying crowd, the small group, the moment of conflict with religious leaders, or … Continue reading Did Jesus do Holy Theatre?
Recently, along with thinking about culture, values and interpreting, ive been thinking on a number of levels about the subject of compassion – or more pertinently its been a subject that without deliberate intention has been hitting on me. A few weeks ago i was asked to help out at the local high school at their philosophy day, during which i was working with one … Continue reading Thoughts on Compassion