Jesus told a lot of stories and performed actions that were often all about how to make a lot out of not very much: the mustard seed of faith, the meal for 5,000 from a few loaves and fishes. If only Jesus had had Lego! I came across this extraordinary piece of information in Lego... Continue Reading →
Church: why we are meant to be ‘all at sea’ and not ‘five miles above contradiction’.
Two images of travel have been much in my mind lately. The first is of a sea voyage in a sturdy but smallish vessel. The waves and the wind and currents are very powerful. The crew and the boat's captain are simply (and sometimes literally) immersed into the mess and mayhem of life's experience. Yet... Continue Reading →
Why worship should be weird and churches should be small
This morning I read two brilliant blog posts on church. The first one was by Philip Yancey advocating the strengths of small churches over large ones (and making some accurate observations about families along the way) and the second one was by blogger Rachel Held Evans on why the church should stop trying to be... Continue Reading →
It’s all about the welcome
Yesterday in church we remembered the conversion experience of the apostle Paul. This reflection comes too late for anyone who had to preach yesterday and lacked inspiration. We speak about a 'Damascus Road experience' or about 'seeing the light' to mean a sudden turn around of thinking. A dramatic conversion or change of view. In... Continue Reading →