Sometimes people make the mistake of thinking that the Old Testament is all about law and judgement whilst the New Testament is about grace, love and mercy. We rightly respond by showing that the Old is full of references to God’s love and compassion whilst Jesus and the apostles all talk about what it means… Continue reading God’s chosen fast
Pancake Day announcement: Lent series
I hope you are enjoying tucking into your pancakes. If you are like me, then you probably are in the habit of enjoying this particular day cut off from the moorings of its context as the last day before Lent. The idea was that you used up your eggs, flour, milk and sugar before abstaining… Continue reading Pancake Day announcement: Lent series
The man who went up a hill and came down a mountain to chaos
Which scene in the Bible do you think the heading is referring to? In Mark 9, Jesus goes up a hill/mountain with a few of his disciples. There at the summit, there is a revelation of God’s glory, an encounter with The Law (Moses) and The Prophets (Elijah) and God speaks. When they come down… Continue reading The man who went up a hill and came down a mountain to chaos
How do we make sure that we are not spreading ourselves too thinly?
The morning, I preached on the feeding of the Five Thousand and I asked two questions. One important, practical question that came out of the sermon application was “How do we know when to keep going with things and/or to take new things on and when to say no? Can we end up spreading ourselves… Continue reading How do we make sure that we are not spreading ourselves too thinly?
A wedding or a funeral? (Mark 2:18-22)
Back in October, we had the great joy of seeing my niece get married. We are now looking forward to my nephew’s wedding in about two weeks’ time. We’re looking forward to smiles, applause, laughter, music and dancing. There’ll also be plenty to eat. A Wedding is a celebration, a feast. Jesus draws on the… Continue reading A wedding or a funeral? (Mark 2:18-22)
New (Matthew 9:14-17)
The music is playing loudly, people are dancing, laughing, chatting and drinking. Then someone comes into the room, switches the lights on, turns the music down, looks around scowling and says “please tone it down.” Then the best man goes across to them and says “excuse me but you’ve just interrupted a wedding.” You walk… Continue reading New (Matthew 9:14-17)