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April 10, 2020

"You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish." John 11.50

These words of the High Priest, Caiaphas, were intended as a cowardly excuse for getting rid of Jesus. Yet they speak prophetically of what Jesus was about to achieve, despite the worst...

April 9, 2020

'And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."' Luke 22. 19

You may be aware that today is Maundy Thursday. Many associate this with Her Majesty giving alms to the poor at a church service, which moves location each year...

April 8, 2020

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 'Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.'" John 19. 23-...

April 7, 2020

I received a precious gift today: a letter. Not the one from Boris, though I appreciated that. But from a friend I pray for every day who, for several years now, has been languishing in jail. Inmates do not have access to the things we take for granted, like stamps and stationary, which is what made his effor...

April 6, 2020

"... believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem... true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth..." John 4. 21 & 23

I have just come off an on-line conference concerning digital church: a long-standing event which acquired addit...

April 5, 2020

"I tell you... if they keep quiet, even the stones will cry out!" Luke 19. 40

So said Jesus to the Jewish leaders trying to quell the crowds in their enthusiasm, as he entered Jerusalem on the day we now celebrate as Palm Sunday. We believe that he foreknew that these same crowds would be chanting a different...

April 4, 2020

"I gave my back to those who strike me and my cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover my face from humiliation and spitting." Isaiah 50. 6

There is a tendency to view the events of "Holy Week" as a tragic end to a promising career: casting Jesus as innocent victim, deprived of his chance...

April 3, 2020

"This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you." Luke 22. 20

I have an unusual box of eggs. They are not chocolate. A friend gave them to me several years ago but they are still fresh! Each of the 12 contains a symbol associated with the Easter story and so they serve like an Advent cal...

April 2, 2020

"The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you." Romans 16. 20

Something touching is happening... I am beginning to receive messages from people all over the world, whom I haven't spoken to for ages - but who are anxious to enquire after my well-being and that of our church and family. Some are sending lengthy refle...

April 1, 2020

"Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord..." Ephesians 5. 19

According to the Bible, one aspect of being created in the image of God is the gift of music. Like all gifts, it can be used for good or ill. Its highest use is in praising the Creator himself and there are numerous psalms which express exactly...

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