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Mark Laynesmith

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4 reports: Telling Stories about Jesus on Palm Sunday.

 Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey surrounded by palm-waving crowds. Jesus probably intended it to be a symbolic act, a piece of performance drama. But what kind of statement was he making? And how does it fit with the rest of his ministry? Interestingly, not even Biblical Commentators […]

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The Start of Advent

Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44 Imagine you’re waiting at a train station for someone arriving. You’re stood at the head of the platform looking down the concourse beside the recently arrived train with people streaming towards you. You crane your neck to peer above the on-coming crowd, scanning the faces to find the person you’re waiting […]

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Second Sunday in Lent: Foxes and Hens

Second Sunday in Lent: Foxes and Hens, 21 Feb. 2016 I’ve been struck by two images in our Gospel reading today: the fox and the hen: ‘Go tell that fox [Herod]…’ Jesus says to the Pharisees who warn him his life is at risk. And then later Jesus says over Jerusalem ‘how I have longed […]