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Rejected

REJECTED – NAZARETH     Teaching & Reflection on Matthew 13:54-58; Luke 4:16-30

We follow someone who was rejected – brutally so. We’re familiar with Isaiah 53:3 – ‘he was despised and rejected.’ There’s a high probability at some point we also will face feelings of rejection. It was certainly so for the early Christian communities. They would […]

Tempted

TEMPTED – WILDERNESS                                                                               Reflections on Matthew 4:1-11       

If there’s a secret to living the Christian life, it’s not found in us – our resolve, determination, or our choices. Rather it’s about whether in our various experiences of life, we link what we’re going through with Jesus. In other words it’s about identification. This is […]

Giving & Receiving – Ministry

GIVING & RECEIVING – MINISTRY                                        1 Corinthians 12

We’ve been looking at what I call the habits of our heart we need to cultivate if our life together is to grow. And with today’s habit, this short series comes to an end. Empathy – our first habit – draws us together. Forgiveness – the […]

Hurt & Healed? – Forgiveness

MATTHEW 18:21-35              

HURT & HEALED? – FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is the second habit of heart necessary for the growth of a healthy community. As a magnet has a pole that attracts and another that repels, so in community, if empathy is the first habit drawing us together, and forgiveness, is the habit which overcomes our […]

Weeping & rejoicing – empathy

ROMANS 12:15-16 & MATTHEW 9:35-38                                                             

I can remember discovering the word ‘empathy’ as a young teenager and being struck by its difference from ‘sympathy.’ It’s not […]

Why we divide

Reflections on 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

If we’re going to get it together we need a vision of togetherness – where we started last week. But we also need to know how things go wrong in human communities and fall apart. In other words we need to ask why we divide. And this passage, written about twenty […]

Imagining togetherness

Surely if there were an issue of our time it would be this! Wouldn’t it? Daily, we’re bombarded with issues of fragmentation and conflict. Talk about nations or ideologies, it’s conflict and fragmentation. Turn to in the UK with its competing agendas and desire to rubbish those bad ‘them’ over against the solely wise ‘us’. […]

Dying to meet you

I’m grateful ministry has regularly involved me in accompanying those who are dying and bereaved. This has confronted me with my own mortality. This began in my early twenties when – as part of my training – I attended a course at St Christopher’s hospice in South London where the pioneering work for the terminally […]

Growing old gracefully. What chance?!

We’re all doing it. We’ve little control of it. We celebrate it at key points with increasing relish. You can get surgery to help with it. But ultimately you can’t avoid it. Ageing! And in all my years of ministry I’ve never preached on it. That’s interesting in itself. Why don’t we hear more about […]

All in a day’s work

What is work? If you head south out of Manchester you’re guided on to the M56. You then take a short link road between that motorway and the M6 before heading south. It’s a heavily used road of two lanes each way without central reservation. There’s been talk of upgrading it for 30 years. In […]