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Reflections of a Lay Pastor: January 13th 2019: Joy

Our church is studying Christian Values for the next six weeks; one value each week.  Last week it was Humility, this week;  Joy.  We asked people what values they would include in the series and chose seven.  We would still like to hear more contributions because we plan to continue the series next year, 2020. [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: October 21st Priesthood of All Believers

The book of Hebrews, maybe the only book in the Bible written by a woman, talks about priests in chapter 5 and their role in being the means by which people can have access to God.  The author was thinking of the way in which Jesus was a high priest, intervening on behalf of humans [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: August 12th 2018: Being different

The Bible is full of stories about people who were different.  Almost every character in there stands out as being unlike those around.  Think about Ruth, the two-times refugee;  about Joseph who honoured Mary’s pregnancy and brought her child up as his own;  about Mary Magdalene, and St Paul;  and especially about Jesus.  Most of [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: July 8th 2018: Decisions, Decisions!

Life seems to be crowded with decisions, even those that we take when we think that we have no options and are just doing what we have to do.  Jesus took decisions too, judging by the Gospel stories, and he retired frequently to the hills to check out whether he was still on track and [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: June 17th 2018: Justice and Mercy

The Bible refers to Justice many times:  Amos 5:24;  Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!; Micah 6:8;  What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Luke 18:7;  Will not God bring about justice for his chosen [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: May 27th 2016 Trinity Sunday

The Trinity is a theological idea, developed over centuries to try to explain the mysteries of our perception of God.  Essentially, it is a distillation of other people’s ideas and, as such, it is interesting to us all.  It does portray a very male view of God;  even the Holy Spirit is “He” on occasions.  [...]

Thoughts for the week: May 6th 2018 Noah’s Ark

The story of Noah’s Ark is widely known;  it appeals to children;  it offers drawing and colouring opportunities.  Every major religion seems to have its own flood story and the reason is that there have been many environmental disasters in human pre-history, the stories of which have been passed down and interpreted by many generations [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: January 14th 2018: Sins of Omission

Consider Eli (in the book of Samuel chapter 3);  he had given the best years of his life to being The Prophet in The Temple and to educating the boy Samuel as his successor.  Yet, when God called Samuel (Samuel being the only witness to this conversation) He apparently told the youth that his master, [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: April 2nd 2017: Dem Bones

Ezekiel was a man in exile, about 600 years before the birth of Jesus,  so much is agreed.  The many early versions of his prophecy in Hebrew and Greek also all contain the vision in chapter 37;  so graphic;  so memorable in the song composed by the Edwardian James Wheldon Johnson:  “Them bones, them bones, [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: November 6th 2016: Asking the right questions

Today’s readings from Luke 20 and the second letter to the Thessalonians chapter two, are both examples of the irrelevant and futile questions that religious people sometimes ask, thinking that the answers might somehow be relevant to the Christian life:  whether it is the date of Jesus’ return or who will be married to whom [...]

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