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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 10th 2018: Be careful what you wish for

Samuel appointed his sons to be “judges” over Israel in his old age and they were corrupt, they accepted bribes, they perverted justice.  Some family firms have much to commend them;  sometimes they are the oldest institutions around and work well, usually when they are just looking after their own possessions.  Take the tenth Duke [...]

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 [...]

Reflection of a Lay Pastor for May 24th Pentecost

In Acts 2:42 – 47 we read about a miraculous transformation of people.  They were ordinary people, what other sort are there?  They had suffered more than most of us have done in this comfortable affluent world of ours.  They had failings and regrets;  they had run away from danger to leave their best friend [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: April 5th 2015 Easter Sunday

It is Easter Day!  What do we really know about that first Easter?  Here is the earliest account that commences when three women went to anoint the body of Jesus.  A young man met them and explained that Jesus had risen from the dead:  “They got out as fast as they could, beside themselves, their [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 29th 2015

We keep getting Jesus wrong!  When people wanted to hail him as their king, he simply rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  We know the story;  we have seen hundreds of pictures of the event;  it is commemorated all over the world in different cultures on Palm Sunday;  what is so difficult to understand?  When [...]

Reflection for March 8th 2015 The Spirit-Filled Church

At the end of Acts 7, the writer reminds us of a verse from the poetry of Isaiah:  Heaven is my throne and the Earth my footstool.  John Wesley declared that “the whole world is my parish”.  The persecution of the Christians, described in Acts 8, drove people from their homes to take refuge in [...]

Reflection for March 1st 2015 The Spirit-Filled Church

People seem to have quite remarkable instincts for self-sacrifice.  Millions of people have taken rapid or slow decisions that their deaths would be in the interests of a cause that they hold dear.  Jesus was probably not the first to do this, and He was certainly not the last.  We hold His example very dear.  [...]

Reflection for February 22nd 2015 The Spirit-Filled Church

The middle section of Acts 4 contains the memorable record:  “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God’s Word with fearless confidence”.  Peter and John had been in prison for healing a sick man and for preaching what they knew of Jesus;  They had been released and, in communal prayer [...]

Reflection for February 15th 2015 The Spirit-Filled Church

At the beginning of Acts 2 Luke explains that the disciples were all gathered together in one building.  These were uncertain, maybe frightened people;  this would not have been a big public building, it would have been a house.  We have no reason to believe that any of the disciples were rich enough to own [...]