This afternoon, in a rare moment of domesticity, I made bread. I’m about as effective in the kitchen as a butterfly in a sumo match, but technology helps me cheat, so the house has been filled for hours with the drool-worthy scent of warm D’oh. Sorry, dough. It came out of the bread maker 20 … More 1 Kings 19:4-8 & John 6:35, 41-51
guides” are untrustworthy and divisive. (Greed and self-interested ambition are not characteristics that make wise guides or leaders.) … More My way home- Look, See, Pray
When I was about 10 or 11, our teacher told us to paint the scariest “monster” we could imagine. I went in full technicolour! Garish and somehow less scary than the art “swot” who produced a truly terrifying picture using only two well-chosen colours. You can tell how disappointed I was by the fact I still remember the incident… … More A Splash is Enough- Look, See, Pray
John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17 To slightly mis-quote Monty Python, ‘What has the Trinity ever done for us?’ Well, maybe not aqueducts, roads or public baths, but in today’s passages we find probably the biggest and best thing that anyone ever did for someone else. God adopted us into his family, and by doing that gave … More What has the Trinity ever done for us?
This is a fun trick to illustrate how we may think that we have chosen God, but in fact, he chose us, before the creation of the world. It’s great as an attention-grabber for a sermon, youth groups, All-Age Worship, Messy church or school assembly. Prepare this trick by writing a large 9 on a … More John 15:9-17, Eph 1:4 – ” I Chose You”
I have mixed feelings as April ends. It happens every year when the daffs in the garden finally finish their cheery display; there is usually a bit of a break between their passing and the next influx of colour. This year I have marked it by photographing the “Last Trumpet of Spring.” The trumpet is still big, brassy and bold but the other petals are fading fast. Yet the warm spring sunshine glows through it- at first glance it is still gorgeous. But change is coming and the daffodils are departing. … More Sad Trumpet- Look, See, Pray
I was fascinated by the light trails. Other people walked on by, not really looking, and certainly not noticing. I took the photo that anyone else could have taken- but didn’t. … More Weaving With Light- Look, See, Pray.
Upstream the river was wilder, steeper, and pest free. I took pictures (wild lupins, a coyote, mountains and a waterfall or three) thus imprinting memories forever on my brain. To this day, 20-ish years later, I can summon the memories any time I wish… … More Living Rivers – Look, See, Pray
With this week’s lectionary passage (1 Cor 8) about food sacrificed to idols, there is no better time to try out a foody Bible study. In due course I will produce a whole book of recipes with Biblical reflections, (neat logo, eh?) but as a free ‘taster’, here is one of the recipes from … More Cooking the Good Book
Blessing Boxes Join the wise men this Epiphany, bringing gifts and finding God’s blessing. This origami gift box has a blessing in the base (and not just the sweets). When you have finished the sweet treats, you will find words of blessing and peace written in the base, for example Aaron’s blessing from Numbers … More Epiphany Blessing Boxes – a gift to give and receive