Miracles, Faith and Free Will

6th Sunday after Trinity / Proper 9 Mark 6.1-13 / 2 Corinthians 12.2-10   Mark tells us that Jesus has come home to Nazareth after performing a string of miracles, but if he’s hoping for some rest and comfort among his family, friends and neighbours, he’s going to be disappointed. He goes to the synagogue … Continue reading Miracles, Faith and Free Will

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know?

2nd Sunday after Trinity /Proper 5 / Year B Mark 3.20-35   Lady Caroline Lamb said of the poet Lord Byron that he was “mad, bad and dangerous to know”. If this phrase had been around in 1st century Israel it would’ve been very useful to the enemies of Jesus. They’re possibly scared of Jesus’ … Continue reading Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know?

The Final Enemy

Some thoughts on Wednesday of Easter Week 1 Corinthians 15.20-28   Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. This is the simplest of all our Christian creeds, yet it contains the most central facts of all. For without these three facts – Christ’s death, resurrection and return – we have nothing really … Continue reading The Final Enemy

What’s Your Passion?

Jeremiah 31.31-34 / Hebrews 5.5-10 / John 12.20-33 5th Sunday of Lent / Year B I don’t know what sort of things you’re passionate about.   When I say passionate I mean that you feel gripped by them, unable to let them go – you want to spend lots of time doing them because they … Continue reading What’s Your Passion?

Elijah, Elisha and Transfiguration

2 Kings 2.1-12 & Mark 9.2-9 Sunday next before Lent/Year B   This week I’ve been up in my attic rummaging through old things. I don’t go up there much because there’s a danger of meeting spiders, but for some reason I had an urge to do some clearing out, and it’s not a big … Continue reading Elijah, Elisha and Transfiguration


1 Samuel 3:1-10 / Revelation 5:1-10 / John 1:43-51 2nd Sunday of Epiphany / Year B   In this season of Epiphany we’re celebrating the ways in which God reveals himself to the world in Jesus. Revelations come in many ways. Some are small but persistent like the voice in the night that Samuel got. … Continue reading Revelation