Do you have those days when you feel you haven’t achieved anything? Sometimes that’s because you’ve given yourself permission to be lazy; sometimes that’s because you haven’t been able to get motivated; sometimes that’s because the day took a different route and you didn’t achieve what you set out to do; sometimes that’s because youContinue reading “What’s missing?”
You may have heard the story of Jesus stilling the storm many, many times. Most sermons on it offer us the reassurance that Jesus will be with us in the storms of life and can even bring us peace in the storm. As I read the story again yesterday in Mark’s gospel (Mark 4: 35-41),Continue reading “Still straining at the oars?”
Yesterday I wrote about how different translations of the Bible make a difference to how we read things. Some people always read the same version or have views on the accuracy of some translations. A number of writers have written modern versions of the Psalms. This morning I joined the Methodist Diaconal Order’s morning prayerContinue reading “Lost or found in translation?”
Sometimes when I’m reading the Bible, something strikes me in a way that it hasn’t before. Sometimes that can be because I’m reading a different translation, and sometimes it can be because they’re the words I need to hear at the time. This morning was one of those occasions when that happened. I would haveContinue reading “The God who confides in us”
I admit to being a bit stumped as to what to write today. I then recalled a film clip I’d see a few years ago of movie scenes set to the song “All you need is love”. I’d saved the link in my ‘Favourites’ at the time but found that it had expired when IContinue reading “You’ll never walk alone”
The other day I wrote about the quiet day I took a few weeks ago. Something else which came from the day was recognising in myself a dose of cynicism which isn’t always healthy. That led me to wonder if cynicism is ever healthy? Cynicism itself is a whole philosophy from the time of theContinue reading “Is cynicism ever healthy?”
What do you think of when you hear that Jesus went into the wilderness? I think of cacti, sand, blazing heat, thirst, lots of space and no people. Lockdown can be compared to a wilderness. For some that means the discomforts already mentioned; for others that’s meant time to think, pray and listen. Perhaps it’sContinue reading “Wilderness time”
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16) What a precious image it is that our names are engraved on God’s hands; the idea that God cannot forget what is engraved on his hands so we are ever before him. And the promise belongs to us all. We might sometimes think thatContinue reading “Hands together”
Jesus talks of us being salt and light in the world. That said, as John Wesley pointed out in his sermon on salt and light, some people, normally those with something to lose if an injustice is corrected, will take pains to prove that the light is darkness. How often have you heard the termContinue reading “Tolerating tolerantly”
The other week I had a quiet day at home. Aren’t all your days quiet days at home during lockdown you might be asking? In terms of being at home and not particularly speaking to anyone, yes they are, but I’m talking about taking specific time out to spend with God. There are various booksContinue reading “Asking the right questions”
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