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Reflections of a Lay Pastor: December 10th 2017; Advent

In the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, the one of the earliest documents in the New Testament, we hear the story of John-the-Baptist.  The point about John is that he was preaching something very different from commonly-accepted wisdom.  He was offending against the state religion, he was telling people to change their ways, or else!  [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: May 29th 2016: Death

Luke 7 starts with the story of a Roman centurion;  he came to Jesus to plead for the life of his slave whose health was in terminal decline.  The Centurion was evidently a model representative of an occupying power, putting his time and wealth to the service of the vassal state.  He was disturbed by [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: December 27th 2015

Luke tell us in chapter two of his Gospel that Mary and Joseph journeyed every year with other pilgrims to the Temple in Jerusalem;  it took them several days each way. How this fragment of the early life of Jesus survived to be reported by Luke is a mystery, as are so many ancient events. [...]

2015: Baildon @ Christmas

Baildon Methodist Church take part in this great community event. An excellent opportunity to have a stall throughout the afternoon to raise funds for your favourite charity or to provide information about a cause dear to your heart. ADVANCE NOTICE: BAILDON @ CHRISTMAS EVENT SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER, 11.15 – 16.00. OPPORTUNITY FOR [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: March 22nd 2015

Today is World Water Day as decided by the United Nations Organization.  Fresh water is a precious resource that cannot be created easily.  Water is the best solvent there is;  so whenever you see water it probably has something dissolved in it;  maybe something that you don’t want or need or something that will do [...]

Reflection for November 2nd 2014

Don’t be a follower!  That seems to be the message from Matthew 23.  Make your own mind up about things.  Don’t stick to rules that someone else has taught you.  Don’t copy the actions of people who know that they attract admiration.  Now who would that be today?  Not religious teacher for sure;  footballers, people [...]

Nothing to do with me, Gov!

The story in Matthew 21:33 is clearly about the less important servants in the vineyard.  It is about God creating this world and having an abiding interest in the really important harvest of which it is capable. This story of Jesus is clearly about the less important servants in the vineyard.   People like you and me;  [...]

Saying what we mean

The problem with some people is that they don’t say what they mean.  Maybe they fear the consequences.  In some countries you can understand that;  saying the wrong thing can land you in a very unpleasant prison, with some very unpleasant warders.  In this country too there are places where it is well to hold [...]

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