Category: 2016 Lectionary Ramblings

February 18th 2016: Galatians 5:2-15

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘…but through love become slaves to one another.’ It’s a big challenge this one. I’ve been wondering recently, how much of a sacrifice for the sake of the Church I’m part of leading is enough? Would it be where I live? The hours I put […]

January 17th 2016: Galatians 4:21-5:1

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. I’m not very good at memorizing passages or phrases from Scripture. I don’t know why. It’s just never worked for me. One of the few I have managed to commit to memory though is contained in today’s reading. The trouble is, it’s all very well […]

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 […]

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