Tag: Paul

April 5th and 6th 2016: Colossians 1:15-2:15

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. So much of what makes knowing and following Jesus so exhilarating, so crucial, so necessary to human flourishing is encapsulated in the readings which we are looking at here. Continuing on from our jaunt in to Romans a couple of days ago, Paul is at pains […]

April 4th 2016: Romans 5:12-21

With apologies to those who have been waiting, and probably given up, for these posts to return after a two-week break. I decided to pare down what I worked on in the week before Easter, and have then been on holiday this past week. Normal service will now, I hope, be resumed. You can follow today’s […]

February 20th 2016: Galatians 6

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘If anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a sprit of gentleness’ This verse hits me between the eyes. I like justice. I like things done the right way, in an ordered fashion. When […]

February 19th 2016: Galatians 5:16-26

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.’ I’ve known for a long time what the fruit (singular) of the Spirit is, as contained in today’s passage. It’s another of those elements of Scripture that gets drummed in to […]

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 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 […]

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