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 [...]
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Common clay pots So we are common clay pots. Just in case we should get above ourselves, we are reminded that we are of the earth, earthy. But we have been made, fearfully and wonderfully made, by a master potter, who knows our purpose and has made us fit for it. It is in [...]
Sour or sweet? Be warned: Sauron is the name of the Evil One in Tolkien’s fantasy, ‘The Lord of the Rings’. It is a sour name indeed. Evil turns ordinary goodness sour. You can use sour milk to make great scones, but soured goodness is rotten to the core. But hobbit goodness has a [...]
Broken for renewal Towards the end of the recent TV drama ‘Broken’, the pressures on Father Michael are so great with the loss of people he cared for and a sense that he has let so many people down. He feels unworthy to be a priest and resolves to ‘pack it in.’ In the [...]
Romans 6.1-11 There used to be an advert on the TV of a father sitting having a healthy breakfast cereal in his jogging gear. His son is skeptical of his dad’s change of lifestyle. The father leaves the house claiming to be going running but takes the car with the comment – “Little at [...]