A reflection on the meaning of the Protestant Reformation.
Q. What does Jesus have to say about marriage? A. Almost nothing. Mark 10:1-12 is the most often cited passage in the marriage equality debate. And as is often the case, the differences between Christians on this issue are to do with the way scripture is read and interpreted. Here is how I read [...]
A reflection on Matthew 22:15-22 In what way does Jesus' answer to the Pharisees and Herodians regarding paying tax to the Emperor inform the big moral questions of our age?
What are the idols that get between us and God? And if we smash those idols with the hammer of active prayerful faith, letting go of the easy answers, false hopes, and brittle certainties of idolatry, what are we left with? A reflection on Exodus 32
Exodus 1-2 - a reflection on the way God's salvation flows into our world The birth of Moses and his infant deliverance is like a Christmas story for the people of Israel - it is the birth of salvation, the birth of freedom and healing and life and love. As at Christmas, the story [...]
YES is what happens when we listen to the other and let them influence us. Matthew 15:10-28 is an ugly gospel passage - this reflection focusses in on that ugliness to find a beautiful Yes hidden in its No.
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 [...]