The Split …when comedy is lost in tragedy and no-one knows (Spoilers)

I got annoyed at the TV this week! It wasn’t the news or Question Time but a TV series Sarah and I were watching on catch up.

The programme was called The Split and it’s all about a family on the brink. There’s several strands to the story.

  1. A law firm in crisis. It’s one of those old fashioned family firms but oldest daughter has broken away in order to join a much larger company.
  2. The family specialise in divorce law -and so there are a number of little stories about divorces and pre-nuptual agreements.
  3. The youngest daughter is about to get married -but will they get to the altar.
  4. Dad who walked out many years ago suddenly shows up again.

The eldest daughter Hannah’s marriage is under pressure, one of the lawyers at the new firm had been in a relationship with her many years ago. He now is trying to get her back after his own marriage ended. Hannah resists but her life is thrown into crisis when it emerges that her husband has had an affair. Continue reading

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The heavy Burden (The Enigma Sermons 5)

How are we to make sense of the enigma of life? Trying to understand a messy, often unjust world is difficult, often frustrating.  Qoholet keeps comparing this to “vapour” or “chasing after the wind.” In 1:13 he tells us that:

“It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with”[1]

The ESV translates the Hebrew word ra’ as “unhappy” this is the same word that is often translated “evil.” Is the task God has given us an evil one? Bartholomew sees Qoholet’s assessment as in sharp conflict with Genesis 1 -2. Continue reading

Relentless Spiritual Warfare (3) I am tempted to believe that I am dependent on others for my relationship with Christ (2 Samuel 20 v11-13)

The commander in chief of David’s army, Amasa’s body lies in the road. Joab has assassinated him. One of Joab’s men then stands by the body and calls out:

“Whoever favours Joab, and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab.”[1]

Loyalty to David has now been explicitly linked to loyalty to Joab. The both are presented as going hand in hand, even though David had demoted Joab from commander in chief, even though he hadn’t even sent Joab out as the leader (when Amasa failed to return, David overlooked Joab in favour of Abishai).

This happens in the Christian life when: Continue reading

Relentless Spiritual Warfare (1) I am tempted to believe that I have no share in the inheritance offered by Christ (2 Samuel 20 v 1-3)

In my sermon on Sunday I identified 4 types of temptation that we face. The context was that we were looking at 2 Samuel 20 and we saw that David faced relentless trouble and op position in the later years of his reign following his sin with Bathsheba. We live in a fallen world and this means that spiritual warfare is an ongoing, persistent and seemingly relentless aspect of the Christian life.  Continue reading

Troublemaker

Sarah and I went to see Avengers: Infinity War the other Saturday. You’ve really got to feel for those super heroes. The action is relentless. It’s a classic Marvel film with humour, running, shooting and fighting not to mention super powers and special affects galore.

But every time the heroes win through, every time they solve a problem, every time they win a skirmish and just when you think they deserve a reprieve, the enemy comes at them, bigger badder and stronger than before. Continue reading

Is it always wrong to run?

It’s a classic sermon challenge “What are you running away from?” It’s a good challenge. Often people are on the run. Shame, guilt and fear are the primary causes of running. We are afraid that our shame and guilt will be exposed, we are afraid of enemies, of mocking, of abuse. Continue reading