With the New Year disappearing in the rear mirror, it is time to pack the decorations away. We will soon wrap the nativity story up in a box for another year. And as the attic hatch closes, we can easily forget that story’s characters. Since none were historical figures of great power, wealth, or talent. [...]
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 [...]
Did Jesus change his mind?
Can God change his mind?
When should we change our mind?
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Help Today we pray a prayer of 'help', remembering all those around the world who pray with us. O God of the shared burden through the tiring day, our anxieties and cares make it difficult for us to recognise the companionship of your Son. Help us to welcome his offer of exchange and [...]
Impossibly deep How did Jesus bear the humiliation When they taunted him and beat him? Could he still see the throne when his nose was in the dust? Some days it’s hard to lift my eyes. To remember why I do this, why I follow. Some days the words of love you command [...]
I once had a boss who answered every complaint with the words – ‘I hear what you say’. This was code for him doing nothing about it. As a result, I began to think of ‘listening’ was a very inactive verb. Yet it need not be so. For, to many in trouble, finding a listening [...]
By Lily Cathcart When you go away, how do you pack? Have you ever been on a journey with one too many bags? On a train with no hands left to pick up your jacket as you pull into the station? Waiting to board a plane praying they don’t measure your cabin bag because you [...]
The TV images showed Red Cross give out food and water on the hurricane hit island of Antigua. But, where did the Red Cross organisation come from? My memory was fuzzy with parcels to prisoners of war and white four-tracks in humanitarian disasters. So, time for a little reading, I thought. Turns out, it all [...]