Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ishmael, Isaac, and the Shared Inheritance


God’s blessing is granted across human boundaries; God listens to ‘us’, yes, but also attends to the cry of every Muslim in detention who has limited access to water on a hot day; God hears the cry of every migrant to the South West who is culturally isolated, and lonely, and a very long way from their father’s house...

Tonight's reflection on Genesis 21:8-21 is now available to listen here, or to read here. Image shows a detail from Hagar in the Wilderness (Camille Corot, 1796-1875, here).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hope, love, and laughter



God is welcomed as a stranger. So what are the implications for us?

Tonight's reflection on Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 from Sanctuary is available to read here, or listen here.

Image shows The Visit of the Three Angels, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46190 [retrieved June 18, 2017]

Wounded and scarred - and here!

Some of you might remember a television program called ‘Yes, Minister!’, which took a satirical look at how government really worked. In one episode, a new hospital was awarded an efficiency prize. It was later discovered to have 500 administrators—and no patients! I was thinking about churches and Christian communities when I remembered this episode, for it is impossible to be seriously involved in a church or Christian community without coming up against the hassle of sick and wounded people. 
Read more here, or listen here
A reflection on Acts 1:1-11 by Alison Sampson, Sanctuary, 28 May 2017 (A38). Image shows a ward of the hospital at Scutari, where Florence Nightingale worked, found athttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_hospitals

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Christ is risen - but where is he now?


Christ is risen! But where is he now?

Tonight's reflection on John 14:15-21, given to Sanctuary, is now available online. Read it here or listen here. Image shows 'Each Other' courtesy Michael Leunig.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Our Fundamental Task: Forgiveness



What does it mean to forgive and retain sins? And is it an invitation to judge?

Tonight's reflection on John 20:19-23 given to Sanctuary is available online. Listen here, or read here.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Life on the Road

Emmaus by Emmanuel Garibay (2010)
Why do we gather each week? Why do we do the same things over and over: confess our sins, listen to the Scriptures, interpret them, and pray and eat together? What’s the point? Surely we can read about Jesus, and pray, and be Christians, all alone and on our own time? Surely we can encounter the Christ in everyday life, and notice, and give thanks?

You can listen to my answer here, or read it here
Reflection on Luke 24:13-35 given to Sanctuary on 30 April 2017.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Waiting for the Liberator


Make yourself comfortable, and give yourself time to ponder the images and questions here. A meditation on Matthew 21:1-11 for Palm Sunday, 2017. You can also listen here.
One day, he will come. He will enter the city in triumph, and free the people from the occupying forces. Maybe he’ll be wearing a thick leather jerkin, and riding a battle horse. Maybe he’ll have a sword at his side. Maybe he’ll bring an army of rebels, ready to raise hell and throw out the oppressors: self-serving politicians, rapacious business owners, corrupt bureaucrats, mercenary soldiers, powerful predators, those who place profits before people, those who stay silent in the face of violence. Keep reading here.
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