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Dirty hands or defiled hearts?

Lectionary Readings: Song of Solomon 2:8-13    James 1:17-27     Mark 7:1-23 … Christ urges us to examine our own defiled hearts  rather than our neighbours’ dirty hands. Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm, Feasting on the Word; year B vol.4  (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009) Introduction: When I was a student, I managed to try several different types of work, some more interestingContinue reading “Dirty hands or defiled hearts?”


Lectionary readings: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18            Psalm 34:15-22           Ephesians 6:10-20       John 6:56-69 Choose this day whom you will serve… Joshua 24: 15 We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.   John 6:69 Unconscious bias. Whether we like it or not, and whether we are aware of it or not, we receive andContinue reading “Choices”

Bring back the manna and quails.

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14           Psalm 111       Ephesians 5:15-20       John 6:51-58 For the past few weeks, we have been working through John ‘s Gospel chapter six, and the focus this week is on Holy Communion.  You’ve probably noticed that the three synoptic Gospels all offer an account of the Last Supper which includes the disciples sharing the Passover Meal together,Continue reading “Bring back the manna and quails.”

Taste and see

I Kings 19:4-9 Psalm 34:1-8  Ephesians 4:25-5:2      John 6:35, 41-51 Well-being The tears of Tom Daley, the withdrawal of Simone Biles from her first gymnastic event, the early exit of Naomi Osaka, who said “I feel like my attitude wasn’t that great because I don’t really know how to cope with that pressure” the disappointment of Bianca WalkdenContinue reading “Taste and see”

The vision & the thorn

Lectionary readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10   Psalm 48    2 Corinthians 12:2-10    Mark 6:1-13 Wouldn’t it be brilliant if the Bible had an answer to every question you have ever asked or been asked?  Especially on those days when awful stuff has happened and people ask ‘why me?’ or ‘why does God let it happen?’  In the letter to the CorinthiansContinue reading “The vision & the thorn”

Of scattered seeds and mighty mustard-shrubs

Lectionary readings: Psalm 92    Ezekiel 17:22-24    2 Corinthians 5:6-17   Mark 4:26-34 We hear a great deal about ‘building back better’ these days, and even that great repository of knowledge, Wikipedia, has an article on the subject (and no mention of the British PM).  It’s all about reducing risk and increasing resilience.  It sounds really good, and I am still reflectingContinue reading “Of scattered seeds and mighty mustard-shrubs”


Acts 2:1-21      Psalm 104:24-34,35b              1 Corinthians 12:3b-13       John 20:19-23 When Susan and Lucy arrive at the home of the Witch, in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, they are confronted by a daunting sight. All over the place Aslan the Lion was breathing on the stone statues bringing transformation and new life. But when CS Lewis describesContinue reading “Pentecost”