Category: February 2016

February 16th 2016: Galatians 4:8-20

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. There’s a beauty in today’s reading in the passion Paul expresses. How could people who have come to realise that they are known by God decide to turn back and live another way? He seems to feel the sadness and disappointment of the discovery that […]

February 15th 2016: Galatians 3:23-4:7

You can follow today’s passage by clicking on this sentence. As I read this passage today and therefore write these few brief thoughts, I have to confess, the idea of the Spirit crying ‘Abba, Father!’ from my heart to God feels a bit unlikely. But isn’t that the point and one of the most beautiful aspects […]

February 13th 2016: John 4:43-54

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. I think it’s tough to come up with answers to the questions of why Jesus chooses to heal people in the Gospel stories. With today’s example of his healing the son of a Roman official, some might say it was because the official recognised his […]

February 12th 2016: Galatians 3:1-14

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Did you get it yesterday? One of Paul’s favourite writing traits is to repeat himself. If a point’s worth making, why not make it over, and over, and over, and over again? As one of the first great evangelistic Christian preachers, Paul wanted to leave […]

February 11th 2016: Galatians 2:11-21

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. If you’re a Christian, and you have been for any length of time, you’ll probably know this passage. It’s one of Paul’s most famous ‘explanations’ of the insufficiency of the Old Testament Law for salvation. I use inverted commas because his explanation is closely-argued and […]

February 10th 2016: 1 Timothy 6:6-19

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. How vigorously do you pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance or gentleness? Those are the things which Paul says here mark us out as children of God. These are the things that somehow ought to be evident as the motivations of the choices we make, […]

February 9th 2016: Galatians 2:1-10

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. As I read this passage first, it seemed complicated and convoluted. Paul, continuing to tell the story of his journey in faith and, as seems common with him, working hard to justify the vaunted position that he claims for himself as an apostle. If we […]

February 8th 2016: Galatians 1

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. We live in a world that seems to be, at least to me, starved of good news. It’s as if, somewhere in the ether, an agreement has been reached that good news will only be shared in a time of extreme emergency. If you’re like […]

February 6th 2016: 1 Corinthians 16:10-24

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘Let all you do be done in love’. I wish my life looked like that. I wish. Sometimes I manage to do things in love. Trouble is, I get so excited at managing to have done the right thing that I’m immediately more interested in […]

February 5th 2016: Matthew 28:1-15

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Imagine being a guard of the tomb of Jesus on the day of the resurrection. Imagine experiencing this entirely unforeseen event. You’re supposed to be in control. You are the sign and outworking of the total and utter authority of the occupying power. Your way […]

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