Today’s reading, in the Church of England lectionary, is a strange one. It starts by describing a group of Greek people who wish to talk to Jesus.
One of the things that you get from reading and re-reading the Gospels again and again is the sense and depth of the emotions. It’s also the universality of the themes.
How do you portray Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem? What art works for it? It’s a strange event. It has Jesus, a donkey, weeping, a crowd shouting out, a city, a group of protagonists, high drama and expectation. Surely, all the ingredients for a great work of art. Yet it is a strange event.
It is fascinating to look at the Christmas story and see that actually the real Christmas story has been wrapped up in tinsel and wrapping paper and so strongly covered that we are in real danger of making the Christmas story only fit for children. Only two of the Gospels look at the birth narrative, […]
We are in the season of Advent when we look back to the time Jesus came and we are looking forward to Jesus coming again. But is this good news just for Christians?
Well that is according to my favourite religious nutter, Harold Camping. It is he good reader who you may remember said that the world was coming to an end five months ago.
This is the second in a short(ish) series on values and how you can help your church live out of them. In my last post I said I believed that values were more important than vision. But if so, how can you build a church around a set of values?
I have always liked to think of myself as a visionary type. But I have been wondering whether that is always the best thing to be. I have raised aspects of this issue in the past here.