‘Two sides of the same coin’ is a common enough saying. So, it came to mind as I was reading the temptation of Jesus in the desert followed by his preaching in the synagogue. In the wilderness, he was sustained by reading scripture. He developed faith in the sustaining goodness of God. He re-affirmed [...]
The beatitudes are for a changed world now and not a fantasy for the future.
The Little Children and Jesus 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such [...]
Who cares about Phineas Fogg when the Space Station can go around the world in 100 minutes? I am, of course, talking about Jules Verne’s Victorian hero who endeavors to orbit the globe in 80 days. Normally, the answer is no one. Except, two days ago, the Scotsman Mark Beaumont went around the earth on [...]
Last night's movie was 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'. It's a very dark story which must be quite scary for children. Not least that the hero dies. But in a scene set in a heavenly King Cross Station, Harry asks the dead Dumbledore, "Is this all going on in my head or is it [...]
Do you remember the Polaroid camera? This amazing invention by Edwin Land that gave photographs in 60 seconds. In fact, my school friend's father had one for his business. I still remember the thrill of peeling back the paper cover to see the image taken a few moments before. Of course, the film’s cost was [...]