#HomeForChristmas Mary’s story

Ask most people to tell you the Nativity story and they’ll start with the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary.

In Luke 1:30, we have Gabriel’s greeting:

30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favour with God!”

Over the centuries that has been a tendency to venerate Mary and put her on a high pedestal, in some traditions even to pray through her and in effect worship her.  I think there are two reasons for this. Continue reading

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Peace of Mind (Psalm 42)

I love Chinese takeaway. There’s only one problem. It tends to lead to a raging thirst.  That’s okay when water is readily available but what if it isn’t, or what if you pick up a drink and it fails to quench your thirst. Have you ever been that thirsty? Continue reading

Will war ever cease?

The First World War was meant to be the war to end all wars. The world was shocked by the extent of cruelty and suffering experienced.  Organisations like The League of Nations and later the UN were meant to bring war to an end. Sadly history tells us that human efforts to bring World peace end in failure. Continue reading

Peace in a beastly world

When we started to talk about peace, we set the problem in the context of messy life in a messy world. We talked about pain, trouble, uncertainty and chaos. One of our talks in the series will be all about global peace. The question is “Will wars ever cease.” Continue reading

What is peace and how do I find it?

Messy Church – Messy life

A few years back I was thinking about the nature of church life. I came up with a brilliant phrase to describe it “Messy Church.” “Brilliant,” I thought, “I’ve even got a potential best-selling book title there!” Continue reading

As Parliament Debates

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We met for prayer and communion this morning. Just a few of us. It probably looked and seemed so small and insignificant compared to what is happening in Parliament today. But it wasn’t insignificant because we were praying. Continue reading