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Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  August 11th 2019  The use of money

Today’s lectionary, Luke 12:32-40, is about the use of money and contains the memorable phrase of Tyndale’s “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Jesus urged his disciples to separate themselves from the love of money so that they might more easily let go of it when they came to leave [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  August 4th 2019  Hosea puts his finger on it

Today’s readings are about how we have lost our way.  Hosea 11 starts the ball rolling with a frightening description of modern life, echoed by Paul (Colossians 3) and Jesus (Luke 12).  All are reminding us that there are good ways to live and destructive ways to live.  We often describe these ways in language [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  July 28th 2019:  Vanity Fair

Paul’s letter to the Colossians (2:6-15 is in today’s lectionary) is about living Jesus-Shaped lives, for people who had never known Jesus in the flesh, as indeed Paul hadn’t either. William Makepeace Thackeray had a way with words;  the opening scene in the TV series of Vanity Fair, spoken by Michael Palin, haunt me:  “This [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  July 7th 2019 Little things mean a lot

I have not read the story about Naaman for a long time, but it is in today’s lectionary.  A famous and valuable general, he was unfortunately suffering a nasty skin condition, maybe psoriasis.  He travelled to see Elisha (read the story in 2 Kings 5) and was met by the prophet’s servant who told him [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  June 23rd 2019: Elijah

The books of Kings and of Samuel are generally held to be the work of the two authors who also wrote Deuteronomy.  The second author finished up writing about contemporary issues in the 6th Century BCE but, mostly, they were both retelling stories passed down the centuries.  This would be like us trying to write [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  June 16th 2019 Lady Wisdom

Proverbs 8 is not read often now, particularly by spin doctors working for large corporations and for governments.   In Proverbs, Wisdom is portrayed as a wise woman trying to persuade us of the truth, in some versions, she lives just down the road from Sanity, Knowledge, and Discretion.  It is worth reading Proverbs 8 in [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  June 9th 2019: Babel

In Genesis 11, the writer tries to account for the diversity of languages across the known world.  People were smart, they got together to build a tower to reach to Heaven, God didn’t like that and so confused their languages so that they could not understand what each other was saying;  they could no longer [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  June 2nd 2019: Christ can save us

One of my favourite stories comes up today:  Acts 16:16-34.  Paul and Silas in prison, earthquakes while they are singing and rejoicing, chains fall off, gaoler goes to kill himself because he has lost control, Paul reassures him.  This is one of the few examples in the Bible of how someone changes when they become [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  May 26th 2019: Climate Emergency

It would seem that over the last few weeks, every lectionary has recorded the huge changes that take place when people accept the Love of God into their lives, with all that entails.  Today the story is of a man, crippled from birth, who discovers the ability to walk at Jesus’ command.  The response of [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:May 19th 2019: Sticking to the knitting

In Acts 11, we can read how Peter was summoned before the rest of the Disciples to account for his mixing with Gentiles.  They were really hung up about male circumcision;  it was really important to them.  According to Jewish law then, and now, it is necessary to cut away the foreskin covering of the [...]