Wise innocence in Advent

Photo by Vinu00edcius Vieira ft on Pexels.com The cartoon shows the Wise Men on the way to Bethlehem. One is saying – I still think we should have gone for the Pampers, tiny vests and a teddy! The truth is the Nativity story has remoulded more times than even Dicken’s Christmas Carol. It is used [...]

Seeing Miracles

Uzzah had every right to feel miffed! For, seeing the Arc of the Covenant in imminent danger of crashing to the deck, he reached out to steady it. His reward was instant death as recorded in 2 Samuel and I Chronicles. So, as Mark Twain quipped – ‘every good deed deserves punishment’. Now some commentors [...]

Rebuild the Temple now!

John 2.13-23 Today we consider Jesus’ clearing of the Temple. On the face of it, the scandal that he seems to be correcting is simply the sale of animals. However, he would have known that the provision of livestock was essential to the primary purpose of this building. Since it existed almost entirely for animal [...]

Wed yourself to joy

In Britain, the first meal a newly married couple have together is called ‘the wedding breakfast’. As a minister, I have attended my fair share of wedding breakfasts. Sadly, sometimes after a very busy week, I don't enter into them with unalloyed joy. Nevertheless, as I leave, I always feel refreshed having made new friends [...]

How to be a rock like Peter

He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” – this can be translated as ‘The Rock’. (John 1.42) Many years ago, as a student, I attended a conference with the well-known Scottish minister, John Bell. When going for coffee, I [...]

Holy Week Meditations

Holy Week 2021 Monday Reading John 12:1-11 The week which will end in violence and rejection begins in love and generosity with Jesus surrounded by friends and Mary bathing His feet in expensive perfume. Judas condemns love being shown, care being shown, but perhaps here is the first twinge of guilt over that which he [...]