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Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  September 22nd 2019  The Crooked Manager

The story of the crooked manager in Luke 16 is a parable, and a very odd one.  We can’t ask: “Who is represented by the rich man?”  “Who is represented by the crooked manager?” because these questions don’t make sense when applied to a parable.  It is just a story that illustrates a truth;  Jesus [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  September 15th  2019  Forgiveness

If there is nothing in your past that makes you feel ashamed, save yourself some time and stop reading right now.  This is a reflection for sinners only.  In the first chapter of the first letter to Timothy, Paul says:  “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One—of someone [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  September 8th  2019:  The Potter

Jeremiah 18:1-4  God told Jeremiah, …”Go to the potter’s house…So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel.  Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly…the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot”.  Let’s look [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  September 1st 2019  Lending and Giving

A 2014 study from Wells Fargo revealed that the most challenging topic to discuss with others is personal finances (44%);  whereas death (38%), politics (35%), religion (32%), taxes (21%), and personal health (20%) rank as less difficult.  We don’t like talking about money.  We don’t like knowing how much money our friends earn or have [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  August 25th 2019:  Catastrophe!

Jesus was certainly a thorn in the side of the religious establishment.  Today’s lectionary includes Luke 13:10-17, in which Jesus engages in a furious exchange with the leader of worship about what should and should not take place on the Sabbath.  His words are not placatory:  “You frauds! Each Sabbath every one of you regularly [...]

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 21st 2019: Wasps

This week’s lectionary, unusually, did not inspire me, particularly as I was captivated by watching some wasps building a nest.  The big queen had found the hole in March, in that spell of fine weather, and had spent the spring building the first few cells in which to lay her first eggs, which then hatch [...]

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 [...]