Recognised by enemies (Mark 3:7-12)

We’ve seen that Jesus is getting a lot of attention.  Crowds are coming from far and near, Judea, Galilee and Idumea (Edom) are mentioned here. This is causing problems for him because as his fame grows so do the crowds and this means that his movement and activities are restricted.  We’ve already seen an example… Continue reading Recognised by enemies (Mark 3:7-12)

It’s great that the Government are asking questions about faith and religion -but are they asking the right ones?

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The Government have appointed Colin Bloom as an independent faith advisor.  As part of his work, a survey has been commissioned to gather perspectives on faith, belief and religion in the UK today.  It asks a whole range of questions including some about whether we think religion has a positive impact on society or not… Continue reading It’s great that the Government are asking questions about faith and religion -but are they asking the right ones?

Responding in faith

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Luke 1 sets two angelical visions against each other. In the first vision, Gabriel appears to an old priest named Zechariah to tell him that he is going to have a son.  Six months later, the same angel appears to a young girl called Mary who is betrothed to be married.[1] She too will have… Continue reading Responding in faith

Rumours, fear and scepticism

Imagine living in Judea or Galilee around about 4BC.  The gossip trail will have been working overtime, rumours of angels showing up and appearing with words from God after 400 years, reports of an elderly priest struck dumb in the temple, claims about an elderly woman giving birth having been infertile all her life and… Continue reading Rumours, fear and scepticism

Is it arrogant to say there is only one way to God?

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This is one of the classic objections to the Christian gospel.  John 14:1-7 helps us to answer that question and show why Jesus must be the only way. The context is Jesus’ last supper. Jesus has told his disciples that he is going to a place that they cannot come yet. Understandably they are distressed… Continue reading Is it arrogant to say there is only one way to God?