Yes yes my people. What you sayin n how u all doin?
Today Iwant to chat bout us as peeps individuals and bout us a fam coz that is what are wot we should be an if we aint its bout time we were. Tings aint never gonna change unless we find a way to be a unity.
On the last night before Jesus went to the cross, He began to do what He now does eternally. A few hours before His arrest, Jesus prayed/interceded for His own disciples.
I dreamed a dream. John 5:1-9, Acts 16:9-15
I’ve always thought that Jesus was fairly clever; there are loads of places in the new Testament where it looks like people were out to trap him and with a clever turning of the question around he was able to turn the tables completely and make his accusers look and feel rather stupid. (more…)
Wear the Badge!
Acts 11: 1 – 18, John 13: 31-35
It was night. So ends the verse immediately before the short passage from John’s Gospel we have just read. It was night. This short phrase marks a break in the narrative. Before, it was evening, now it is night. There’s a subtle symbolism too in the word ‘night’ — a time of darkness, extinguished light, scheming and secrecy. (more…)
This morning I will focus on what many believe is the biggest challenge facing the future of humanity and indeed of the planet itself. I refer of course to climate change and our response to it. At the end of last year it was very topical with protests and demonstrations (more…)
NEW PATHS FOR CHRISTIANS
During all the years when Reading Jubilee Debt Campaign was operating, I have had at the back of my mind a vision of Jesus – inspirational, charismatic, a leader with a clear message, central to which was a care for the poor. A message signalled by St Luke at the start of his gospel account:
He has put down the mighty from their seat and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent empty away.
I assumed that folks in our churches would be similarly inspired, But, although we have been so fortunate in the untiring commitment of a few people and a few churches, the picture that emerges ten years after we started is one of tiredness and a general lack of enthusiasm. Why should this be? It might be due to normal human frailty amongst our Christian fellows but my reading indicates something more specific. (more…)
THEN THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY – NOW FACE TO FACE
(Apologies to St Paul. 1 Cor; 13.12)
THE NEW TESTAMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD (SPCK 1992)
and JESUS AND THE VICTORY OF GOD (SPCK 1996)
by N T Wright
This is the story of how Jesus and his Ministry have come to the centre stage in the world of the scholars. The story is told in the opening chapters of both the texts referred to above, beginning with JESUS AND THE VICTORY OF GOD.
Jesus Then and Now
Most scholars in the twentieth century have shied away from attempting a full-face portrait of Jesus; they have felt the need to distance themselves from a whole body of earlier commentaries which had portrayed Jesus in loving, but spurious detail, based on the imagination of the writers rather than on historical data. Instead, scholars have preferred to attend to the rise of the early church a generation or more after the time of the ministry of Jesus. This is because the gospel texts have been held to reflect the concerns of the evangelists themselves as they wrote for the later generations of Christians. The texts were not to be relied on, the scholars judged, as historical data concerning Jesus himself. (more…)
Peter’s Next Step. Rev. Vincent Gardner 18/04/10
During a Minister’s fraternal, an old pastor stood up to share his faith and attitude to his lifelong ministry. Yet his testimony surprised a number of people. The pastor stood up and looked at the group and said, “I am a pastor of a small, not-growing church. I am not ordained. I am not college trained. I was asked to leave two Bible colleges I attended. On any given day I am capable of being (more…)
Flannery O’Connor, has posed the question, “why doesn’t God send us a sign to dispel all our doubts, such as a message in the sky, written by the rearrangement of the universe, with suns and moons to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s”, so that the night sky would (more…)