This item was first blogged for Lent 3 A 2017 A Reflection Archbishop Sheen said “Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.” It’s funny, but it set me thinking. Why do we confess our sins anyway? Particularly if, like those nuns, your sins are on the level of “I ate the … More Romans 5:1-11 – Christ died for the Ungodly
As the tide drops, it quickly becomes evident that the rocks have tenants… and the tenants have squatters.
Colonies of limpets cling with considerable force to the rock surface. Life is a struggle. … More Hold on tight! – Look, See, Pray
These seagulls taught me a lesson about persistence. The tide was ebbing on a cold morning, and these gulls decided it would be more comfortable out of the water. Gull One was fine. His (or her) breakwater post was above the surface. Gull Two had a struggle. Every time it sat on its chosen perch, the gentle swell came in just high enough to float the gull off again. … More Persistence is a virtue- Look, See, Pray
Why do we confess our sins anyway? Particularly if, like those nuns, your sins are on the level of “I ate the extra sprout at dinner and didn’t tell Sister Delores, even though I know she really wanted it.” Does it really matter? … More Romans 5:1-11
It’s that unpopular little word with I in the middle – sin.
Today is the first Sunday of Lent, so this is a good time to be thinking about sin. The Bible has some helpful illustrations. It is missing the target, overstepping the boundary, falling short. But there are plenty of misconceptions about sin as well. Our passage today contains a very important text, verse 12, which has shaped the way that many of us think about ourselves and sin … More Romans 5:12-21
Great doctrines spanning centuries have been built upon two tiny words in this verse – ἐφ’ ᾧ – and churches have split over their interpretation. … More Essay on Romans 5:12
This activity helps us to explore our worth in God’s sight, and how that differs from how we often see ourselves. You will need a tall piece of paper such as ½ a sheet of A4 or a shopping list, and a pen. At the top of the sheet write ‘People like me because …’, then … More Activity -God likes me because …
This activity makes for some interesting mathematical fun as well as a a great take-home reminder of the mystery of the Trinity. The fact that I can’t quite get my head round it does not mean that it is not so. Works with maths. Works with God too. We’re going to make some joined-but-not-joined loops. They’re … More Activity – Trinity Rings
God, the awesome creator of time and space actually cares about me. And he cares enough to haul me out of the slime pit I’ve got myself into and make me part of his family. Jaw. Dropped. … More Psalm 8 & Romans 5:1-11