Category: January 2016

January 18th 2016: Matthew 24:1-14

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. I might be wrong, but I don’t think it’s fashionable to endure these days. I wonder if it ever has been. We’re a society which wants answers now, things need to be fixed immediately, changes must be beneficial overnight, otherwise they are worse than useless. […]

January 16th 2016: Matthew 22:34-46

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Jesus’ exhortation to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbour as we love ourselves must be one of the most well-known of his commands. This summation of the Law that he came to fulfil is so all-encompassing, so […]

January 15th 2016: Matthew 22:15-33

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. What do we have that is God’s? That is the question which most clearly exercises my brain (and, I hope, my heart) as I read this passage.  In the reading, Jesus manages to disarm first the Pharisees, and then the Sadducees, with answers which surprised […]

January 14th 2016: Matthew 22:1-14

You can follow today’s post by clicking on this sentence. The point of this series of blogs is for me to take just a few short minutes every day, engage with a passage, see what jumps off the page at me, write a quick post about it and leave it at that. It’s not meant […]

January 13th 2016: Matthew 21:33-46

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. The kingdom of God is given to those who produce the fruits of the kingdom. As usual, Jesus is somewhat enigmatic here. What are these fruits? From whom will the kingdom be taken away? What is the tipping point of the decision? It can be […]

January 12th 2016: Matthew 21:18-32

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” This stark verse is quite a challenge. I’ve prayed for lots of things in my time. I’ve thought that I’ve had faith for the vast majority of them. Of these prayers that i have […]

January 11th 2016: Matthew 21:1-17

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Yesterday, I led a service at our Church called iPraise. iPraise is designed to be a family time. I suppose it could be called all-age, although phrases like that carry connotations and expectations with them which I find deeply unhelpful. Wouldn’t it be better if […]

January 9th 2016: Matthew 20:29-34

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. When you’ve said, as Jesus did yesterday, that you’ve come to serve, not to be served, it’s amazing how quickly opportunities to prove whether or not you were telling the truth come along. How would Jesus respond when he was recognised as Son of David, […]

January 8th 2016: Matthew 20:17-28

You can find today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. It can be confusing sometimes, the way the lectionary dots about. One minute we’re in Colossians, the next in Luke, and today we find ourselves in Matthew. Can you keep up? As I opened the reading for today I was initially a little nonplussed. How […]

January 7th 2016: Luke 4:14-22

You can read today’s passage by clicking on this sentence. The sheer audacity of Jesus. ‘Today, this is fulfilled in your hearing’. As so often when we read the Bible far removed from its original context and audience, we can miss the shattering importance of a single sentence. As he stood delivering these words from […]

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