How to be salt & light

Matthew 5:13-20 New International Version (NIV) Some time ago I must have got myself on some pollsters’ database. Because I end up with three researchers at various times, turning up on the doorstep. The longest to answer was a health survey. During it, I was asked about how much salt I put on or into my [...]

Jesus – Man of the people?

Lesson: The Beatitudes - Matthew 5.1-10;13-16   My new year resolution is to sit through a whole football match on the TV. It does not matter which teams are playing; I just need to get through it. So far, I’m up to 15 minutes before boredom descends. However, I will persevere. To put your mind [...]

Is the nativity story true?

On Tuesday night I led a carol service onboard a wooden-walled sailing ship called the Unicorn.  During it, I related a story and in return received a question Firstly, let me tell you that story which I came across on the Motivateus.com website. The brand-new minister and his wife were assigned to their first charge. [...]

When did we stop asking questions?

‘What the hair oil?’ - My mother exclaimed this bizarre phrase whenever she was perplexed. Whatever it meant, it came from trying to fathom something outwith her experience. It expressed wonder.   Children have a wonderful dimension of wonder. Listen to teenagers and their ideas for world rank from the zany to the deeply sensible, sometimes [...]

“SO, YOU’RE THE CREATOR THEN?”

  “So, you’re the Creator then? Boy, do I have some questions for you! You know, for a while we were convinced you didn’t do it: the whole universe thing. We reckoned that we had pretty much figured out an answer for everything — a grand unified theory — although there were a few black holes, [...]