Category: March 2016

March 22nd 2016: Luke 22: 39-53

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Have you ever prayed so earnestly that it was as if you were sweating blood? In our comfortable Western context, prayer can easily lack intensity. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place where someone sweated like great drops of blood blood in anguished […]

March 21st 2016: Luke 22:1-23

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. As we enter Holy Week once again, the challenge for the reader is not to understand and explain what and why things happened, but working out which elements of the story we should particularly focus on this particular year’s journey to the cross. The scale […]

March 10th 2016: Hebrews 10:19-25

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. One of the primary points of this series of blogs is encapsulated in this passage. As we live the life of faith, as we wonder and question, as we doubt, let’s be people who are provoked to, and provokers of, love and good deeds. Love […]

March 9th 2016: Hebrews 10:1-18

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more’ Today’s is one of the most amazing passages in the whole of Scripture (in my opinion). Jesus gave a single offering for all sin, which was sufficient to satisfy the demands of justice. The law […]

March 8th 2016: Hebrews 9:15-28

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. There’s something about knowing people are praying for you. Whatever you think prayer is, or whatever you think prayer does, it’s impossible, it seems to me, not to at least be touched by knowing that someone is praying for you. It does us some good […]

March 7th 2016: Hebrews 9:1-14

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. There’s only one sacrifice that works, or is worth giving, and it’s already been given. Jesus did all that was needed, all that could possibly be done, to give us every kind of freedom with which to worship God and live lives with him as […]

March 4th 2016: Hebrews 7:11-28

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘…accordingly Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant’. The Christian life can be so hard, a series of tests and challenges, one after another. We can, if we’re not careful, spend a very large portion of our faith-lives seeking to ensure that […]

March 3rd 2016: Hebrews 7:1-10

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. A King of Peace and a King of Righteousness. Sound familiar? Melchizedek is a ‘type’, or a forerunner of Jesus, just as earlier in Hebrews (6:20) we are told that Jesus is our forerunner, entering in on our behalf. The writer of Hebrews is at […]

March 2nd 2016: Hebrews 6:13-20

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘…a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul’. Time and time again with these pieces, I find myself drawn to the unchangeable truths of the promises of God found in scripture as opposed to the entirely changeable nature of my feelings and emotional responses to […]

March 1st 2016: Hebrews 5:11-6:12

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Writing about Hebrews these last few days has been something of a challenge. The language is so direct, so stark. The warnings are dire. And yet it is shot through with such grace and hope. As Christians, we should focus on the hope of a […]