Tag: Sacrifice

Talk Text: Northampton Civic Service 2016

Yesterday I had the great privilege of leading and preaching at the service to mark the beginning of the Mayoralty of Cllr Chris Malpas at All Saints, Northampton. I’m his chaplain for the year. I’m already finding the role fascinating and stretching. I thought I’d post the notes my talk was based on here, in […]

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 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 […]

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 26th 2016: Matthew 26:17-35

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. If you are in the practice of celebrating Communion with any kind of regularity, the words Jesus says in today’s passage will be pretty familiar to you. I’ve often wondered what the friends of Jesus, gathered round a meal, having heard him pretty darkly and […]

August 28th 2014: Acts 4:32-5:11

Read Acts 4:32-5:11 here “Al the believers were one in heart and mind”. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been in a Church, or a community, like that! Sometimes we look wistfully at the stories of the early Church in Acts and imagine that they had something special which made them more likely […]

August 15th 2014: Luke 11: 27-28

Read Luke 11:27-28 here He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Will we hear the word of God today? What will we think it is? Will we take it as our moral compass, our way of regulating the life of those around us and “calling to account” those with […]

July 28th 2014: Luke 20:41-21:4

Read Luke 20:41-21:4 here We begin a new week with the reminder that Jesus, the Messiah, is nobody’s son but God’s. This will hopefully help us to remember the security of our trust in the life, works and authority of Jesus. Verses 45 and 46, for me, have a particular resonance as I become used […]