How to walk on water in three easy lessons 1. See the sea. 2. You are not God. 3. Do it anyway. A reflection on Matthew 14:22-33
Listen as Jacob and Jesus both withdraw to deserted places by themselves. A script based on Genesis 32:22-31 - Jacob wrestles with God - and Matthew 14:13-21 - Jesus feeds a hungry crowd. We invite Jesus and Jacob out of their stories, and ask them where are they at in their lives, what are the [...]
A reflection on dual citizenship from the parables of the kingdom in Matthew 13. The potentially divided loyalties of religious people is a key cultural question in our society at the moment. As Christians should our national allegiance be subject to our higher loyalty to the divine commonwealth? What are the implications of this [...]
"God be with you." Jacob dreams of God's presence with him in an in-between place - descending via a ziggurat (Genesis 28:10-22). Where are you when you are most aware of the presence of the divine? What times and places are the most God filled for you? And if you are interested in seeing a [...]
A reflection on the movie Paul and the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9). Paul the alien (from the movie of the same name) symbolises a new faith for the age of enlightenment. He is a foul mouthed saviour wielding the power of evolution and the knowledge of science. How does his way compare [...]
How come God is always a man? - reflections on gender in Matthew 11. Where is Jesus on the gender spectrum? He appears to identify as male. But some interesting gender bending happens in Matthew 11:28-30 where Jesus identifies himself with Sophia, Mother Wisdom.
Genesis 22:1-14 - a troubling story. “The story of Abraham and Isaac is a problem for you and your God,” says comedian Sarah Silverman perhaps echoing the doubts of our own hearts. What is the solution? Ignore it, reject it, or explain it away?
The empty jar and the well of grace - Genesis 21:8-21. Which way is better? – to leave the future up to God? – or work to shape the future by our own endeavours? Isaac and Ishmael symbolise these two alternatives.
"God moment or lucky break?" - a reflection on hope. Will God change the weather to suit us, or help us avoid collisions while driving? Probably not. So what might divine intervention look like, if there is such a thing? And how might it inspire hope for the future? Sarah gives us a clue [...]
a reflection on gratitude - part of a series about money. “Happiness" is not emphasised as an ideal state of life in the bible. The bible has other emphases, among them thankfulness, gratitude. One way of entering more deeply into thankful contentment in our lives, is by becoming more “materialistic”, more focussed on the goodness of creation. [...]