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Reflections of a Lay Pastor: November 25th 2018 On this day…

What can we learn from events that have happened on this day in the past?  In 1343 on this day, a tsunami, caused by an earthquake, devastated Naples;  on this day in 1667 another earthquake killed 80,000 people in the Caucasus;  in 1759, 40,000 died in Beirut and Damascus after, yes, another quake.  How grateful [...]

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Reflections of a Lay Pastor:November 18th 2018 Doomsday

Mark wrote a fiery Gospel and included a conflict story (13:1-8) told by Jesus that the subsequent Gospel writers did not pick up.  This is about what were then great buildings, and about one brick not being left on another.  Some of the “bricks” in the Jerusalem Temple weighed over 500 tonnes and the Temple [...]

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Reflections of a Lay Pastor: November 11th 2018 Remembrance

On the death of Leo X. in 1521, Adrian, the inquisitor general was elected pope.  During the five years of his ministry , 24,000 people were condemned by the inquisition, of whom one thousand six hundred and twenty were burned alive. I pray for all those who have been executed for their faith by murderers [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: November 4th 2018: Learning lessons from Ruth

The lectionary today and next week features the book of Ruth.  This book probably dates from about 2500 years ago and was written at a time when Jews were only permitted to marry other Jews.  Ruth, in this story, is from the despised territory of Moab.  When all the men in her life die, she [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: October 28th Lets hear it for Bartimaeus!

Bartimaeus was a cute cookie;  let’s just sketch in the background:  from birth, if he is also the blind man in John 9, he had been handicapped the restrictions that society imposed on him.  People judged him by his poor eyesight and decided, presumably, that he was unemployable, unteachable, and largely unwelcome.  So he was [...]

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: October 14th Prison Sunday

In Mark 10 a rich young man wants access to Heaven, and Jesus effectively tells him that he can’t go.  There are more jokes about people arriving at the Pearly Gates than you can shake a stick at, but this is serious.  The rich young man could not go to Heaven because his wealth was [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: October 7th Job and my beliefs

October is the lectionary month for the long poem called the Book of Job which, according to Tennyson, is “the greatest poem of ancient and modern times”.  The Job of the poem, 26 centuries ago, was a great man.  He was great in substance, many children, much wealth; and great in character, he was “was [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: September 30th 2018: Why me?

The book of Esther is the basis of the Jewish celebration of Purim at the Spring equinox.  The story is woven round a massive 180-day feast;  it is one of only two books in our Bible that never mention God. Esther, a Jewish orphan, came to fame when she was chosen by the King as [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: September 23rd 2018: Consider the children

Mark’s gospel, the first to be written, ends with the mysterious empty tomb rather than the later resurrection stories.  It is short, punchy, and in many ways shocking.  In chapter 9, Jesus is trying to talk seriously to the disciples about the future and all they can do is to argue amongst themselves about how [...]