Not who you think I am John 7: 1-31. 24/2/19 I have been following what has been happening to Shamima Begum in the news. For those of you who may not know who I am talking about, she is the girl from Tower Hamlets that at the age of 15 left London to join Isil in Syria, married an Isil warrior. She is now 19, has had two children that have died and last week became a mother again to a baby boy. She wants to come home, presumably because she is worried about the health of her
Bread, what bread? John 6: 25-59. 17/2/19 This is a tough reading. Most folk would think it is tough because it is long and seems to wander all over the place. I think it is tough because it is pretty straight forward. We make it tough because we don’t want to hear the message it gives. Here is the question...what must I do to be content? And I mean truly and completely content, at peace with myself and with others, not phased by anything that the world flings at me. Wouldn’t
Unanswered Prayer Luke 11: 1-4 and 5-13 10/2/19 In the readings from Luke’s Gospel that we heard today, Jesus had been praying, and when he had finished, one of the disciples had asked him to teach them how to pray. At first this appears to be a straightforward request, but have you ever wondered why the disciple felt the need to ask? Prayer was a long established and integral part of the Jewish faith with which the disciples, like all Jewish men, were completely familiar.
Mix and Match Faith Luke 5: 27-39. 3/2/19 Have any of you gone to American style worship? The type I am thinking of is when they start with four or five hymns at the start of the service, then they might have a reading or a skit, or a meditation, and then the offering, then they have the sermon and go home. I’ve been to a few when I was in Canada but also on holiday in Europe. Found it exhausting. All that singing at the start. Wasn’t that keen. But does that make it wrong? W