Why Are You Crying?

We know the Easter story. The stone was rolled away, and the tomb was found empty. Jesus is no longer dead, but He is Risen, resurrected! And that’s it, done, right? Not yet. What’s fascinating to me is the gradual process of understanding. No one on this first Easter dawn has any real notion of... Continue Reading →

A Weirdo Who Collected Corpses?

In the Gospel of Mark, chapter 15, we read that ‘Joseph of Arimathea ... went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.’ The Gospels also tell us that, ‘Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.’ Joseph wasn’t some weirdo who collected corpses! He wanted to honour Jesus,... Continue Reading →

Which Will You Choose?

Ever heard anyone say, “It’s my cross to bear.”? The phrase has come to mean a continuous struggle. A relationship not working out, a job that feels like a thankless task, or a troubling physical illness. In the Gospels, Jesus is recorded as saying to His disciples, “Take up your cross and follow me.” If... Continue Reading →

3-2-1

In the ’80s, a TV show hooked the nation: “Three, Two, One.” The name reflected its format, a quiz, a variety and a game show. It’s host, Ted Rodgers, had this lightning-fast, complicated 3-2-1 hand gesture. It was a move that led to some not-so-wholesome accidental gestures in the school playground as we tried to... Continue Reading →

Dusty And Filthy Feet

There’s a moment described to us in the Gospels, John chapter 13, verse 5, where: [Jesus] poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. Why did Jesus do this? Let me suggest two reasons. Number one: The roads around Israel weren’t... Continue Reading →

It Started With A Betrayal

At the start of the Easter story, there’s talk of betrayal. Jesus Himself brings it up at the famous Last Supper. Imagine the scene: Jesus and His disciples are all together reclining on floor cushions around a low table, eating and celebrating Passover when suddenly, Jesus declares that one of His friends will betray Him.... Continue Reading →

Called To Mission (Part #2)

When we read Scripture we find Jesus often talking about salt. Back in the day in which Jesus lived they were not any fridges or freezers, maybe a cold cave here or there, so salt was mainly used to preserve foods and keep them from decaying and falling apart, it helped keep things together. Jesus... Continue Reading →

Called To Mission (Part #1)

Let’s think about jobs for a moment, actually think about vocations because a job is just something we get paid to do, whereas a vocation means something a little bit more. In fact a quick look at Wikipedia you get this definition: A vocation (Latin vocātiō - a call, summons) is a term for an... Continue Reading →

Pray More. Worry Less.

The Bible tells us to not worry about anything. Nothing? Ever? That’s a challenging instruction to follow! The news pushes us to worry every day. We should worry about the rising death toll, the spread of the virus, the violence of extreme ideologies, climate change, unequal rights of different genders, the fear of offending anyone,... Continue Reading →

A Bend in the River

I love going for walks in new places. Just setting off in one direction and seeing where it might take me, what wonders I might discover. Recently, while on holiday in Wales, my family and I visited a place known as Penllergaer Valley Woods (I could take several guesses at how that might be pronounced... Continue Reading →

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