Three Mysteries, Two Stories, and One Question

John 20:1-18 At the heart of the Christian faith lie three great mysteries.

Palms

Mark 11:1-11 The Passover festival was approaching. This was the high point of the Jewish year, the one time that every Jew who possibly could, would come into the city, and come to the Temple. As a result, Jerusalem was packed

Glory

John 12:20-33 So Jesus and his friends at ‘the festival’, the Passover, and amongst those who have come to Jerusalem as part of the celebration, part of the worship of God, are some Greeks;

This is judgement

John 3:14-21 Surely the best known reference in the Bible, John 3:16 has been used over and again as a one sentence summary of the gospel: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Barriers

John 2:13-22/strong> The cleansing of the Temple, we normally call it, and even the name comes laden with overtones of meaning – cleansing, making clean; the imagery of scrubbing away that layer of black gunk stuck onto the frying pan after a particularly unsuccessful fry-up (or that just me?) – making something clean again.

Voices

Mark 9:2-9 If you thought there was something more than usually familiar about today’s gospel reading, then you are completely correct – a strange twist in the lectionary gives us the same passage twice in the space of a couple of weeks.

Transfigured

Mark 9:2-9 For the past few weeks we’ve been looking at the stories around the very start of Jesus’ ministry; this week, as we prepare for the start of Lent, we move to a story that marks the beginning of the end. The transfiguration, the archetypal mountaintop experience. A story strange to our ears, alien; […]

Jesus Prayed

Mark 1:29-39 Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that Jesus prayed?

Getting Practical

Mark 1:21-28 A new preacher walked into town. Perhaps some people knew him from his childhood days in Nazareth, a little hamlet in the nearby mountains, but he’d been a wanderer of late, spending time further out in the wilderness.

The kingdom at hand

Mark 1:14-20 Last week we thought about the calling of Phillip and of Nathanael, of Jesus’ simple call to Phillip – “follow me”, and of Phillip’s invitation to Nathanael, “come and see for yourself”. And the way that something happened in their encounter with Jesus which inspired them to join it, to follow, to be […]

Nathanael

John 1:43-51 It’s an odd little story, we have today, the calling of Phillip and Nathanael, from the gospel of John.

Prophet of Hope

Isaiah 40:1-5 | Mark 1:1-8 So we arrive at the start of a new year – in Church terms, at least – the beginning of advent, the four weeks when we start to get ready for great miracle, the great mystery, that lies right at the heart of our faith – the miracle, the mystery […]

Taking Evangelism Seriously

2 Corinthians 5:14-21 | Matthew 28:16-20 So over the past few weeks we’ve been exploring the theme of “Taking Church Seriously”.

Taking Giving Seriously

1 Chronicles 29:14-16 | Matthew 6:1-4 It’s near the end for one of the great figures of Hebrew history. The reign of King David is, in many ways, the highpoint, the time that Jews will look back to, longingly, the time when the people had a Kingdom of their own, and were, at least for […]

Taking Prayer Seriously

Matthew 6:5-13 | Ephesians 1:15-23 Prayer is complicated. There is probably no part of the Christian faith that is at the same time so universally valued and respected, and at the same time so diversely understood, or openly not understood.