With the Christmas season receding and the advance into the New Year getting underway, I've been struck by the words, "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, in favour with God and man..." They seem normal on the one hand, strange on the other, normal because he was a baby like every other baby, strange in … Continue reading Spiritual formation – Jesus grew
The world is full of stories, both real and fictional. We all love a good story, you only have to walk into a bookshop or go to a cinema to discover how we love a story. There are stories that have us on the edge of our seats, stories that touch our hearts, stories of … Continue reading The Greatest Story Ever Told
Easter deserves as much attention as Christmas as it is the culmination of the incarnation, well actually not quite, the Ascension is, another part of the story that deserves more attention. But I'm in danger of digressing! Back to Easter. The problem is, it's not about a little baby, and everyone loves a baby. Somehow … Continue reading Easter – Encountering and Delighting in the Love of God
I don't know what your thoughts are as you begin the new year - sad, mad or glad... But here's something that makes a world of a difference - we are not living in a closed universe. Now you might be thinking, what has that got to do with it? The answer is an awful … Continue reading Thank God the universe isn’t closed
At Christmas we sing, "God of God, Light of Light..." They are familiar words, easily sung, yet not so easily apprehended, and sadly left out of some modern arrangements. The words of course are not original to the carol, but come from the Nicene Creed, words rooted in the word, words thought about, discussed and … Continue reading If Jesus is not God…
Baby's cry, it's natural and normal, it's the first thing we listen for when they are born. Children even want their dolls to cry. And yet when it comes to Jesus we don't want it to happen and we sing with Martin Luther "no crying he makes..." That disturbs me. Why don't we think he … Continue reading The Baby’s Crying…
If there's something the Christmas story brings to the fore it is the fact that the world is a stage on which a drama is taking place. Suddenly in the midst of the politics, power, and brokenness of the world of that day something happens over which neither Caesar, nor his puppet king, Herod, nor … Continue reading Here’s to a Happy Christmas!