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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 29th 2018: More decisions!

Continuing the theme of decisions, I am prompted to think about decisions that I regret, because doing so might help me make better decisions in future.  Looking back, it seems that some decisions had unforeseen, unintended consequences, but that other decisions were just bad.  […]

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: July 1st 2018: Life after Death

Those of us who attend funeral services with increasing frequency will be very familiar w St. Peter was not going to be the one to tell him. ith the doctrine of life after death in its many forms.  Some of my respondents to this blog believe that there is a difference in the [...]

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: June 3rd 2018: Finding out God’s Will

This is a problem, isn’t it?  I suppose that some people go through life doing just what comes naturally without trying to find out how they can fit into an eternal plan but most people try to do what they consider to be “right”.  Christians would say that they try to find out what the [...]

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 13th 2018: Look for the helpers

Psalm 1, appointed to be read in churches today, reminds me of something that Children’s TV host, Fred Rogers, once said: When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ Whenever we [...]

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 [...]

Thoughts for the week: April 22nd 2018 Looking back at Lent

When I think back to our Lent series of services, particularly “Lent as a Gap Year”, in which Jesus, like many young people today, chose to seek deprivation to try to see his future from a different perspective than the carpenter’s shop, I remember the story of the man seeking guidance from a wise man.  [...]

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