That won’t work either

Several years ago I began a chapter in a book about the state of the Church of Scotland with these words, “This isn’t working!”.  I was talking then in particular about how as adults we don’t take learning very seriously in the church, but I think the statement applies more widely to the general malaise Read More …

Sunday’s Coming (11/3/18)

The questions we ask expose our priorities. Are you the king of the Jews? That’s Pilate’s question to Jesus in John 18:28-40.  That’s the only question that matters to a political governor.  Are you a problem for me?  But Pilate is asking the wrong questions… so Jesus asks some of his own. The exchange ends Read More …

Sunday’s Coming (4/3/18)

John 18:12-27 We jump ahead to Jesus’ trial this week on our journey through Holy Week, but in many ways the trial is secondary, at least for us this week. We’ll explore that story and also the story inside the story… what happens in-between.  In the night. Peter’s denials. 1… 2… 3… Standing in the Read More …

Sunday’s Coming (25/2/18)

John 13:1-17 is about feet… Washing feet… dirty, smelly feet! We usually read this passage on Maundy Thursday so to deal with it this early in Lent gives us the chance to look at it in a very different context.  (We have skipped a chapter so it’s worth reading chapter 12… there are lots of Read More …

Sunday’s Coming (18/2/18)

John 11:1-44… Lazarus. Jesus’ friend. Dying. And what does Jesus do?  Something else.  There’s no hurry.  No rush to see him or any hint that he might save him.  So many miracles, so many strangers healed, made whole, restored… why not Lazarus? Again the story is laden with symbolism but there’s some real raw emotion Read More …

Sunday’s Coming… (11/2/18)

I’m thinking… That’s what the start of the week is for. On Monday mornings at Morning Prayers we explore the scripture passage from the day before and shed more light on it having had time to reflect and digest.  When I get home I read the passage for this week and the process of thinking Read More …

The Things That Keep Me Well

Today is Time To Talk Day.  It’s a pretty simple idea… talk about your mental health. So why a picture of a dog and a record? Well, because talking about your mental health isn’t always about talking about the things that are wrong, although that’s hugely important.  Mental health is something we all have.  Sometimes, Read More …