My my my, what a set of passages this week! There are some juicy themes here. Click here for a thoughtful re-examination of the woman at the well – often held to be a sinful outcast. But is that what it says? On that topic, here’s probably the funniest academic essay you’ll read today. It’s … More “Sod Off!” Ex 17, Ps 95, Jn 4
Links to resources for next Sunday – [Jeremiah 2] [Luke 14 – First and Last (with chocolate)] New Book! Preaching with All Ages Twelve ways to grow your skills and your confidence by Ally Barrett This is a brand-new book, fresh off the press, by someone who knows the problems and pitfalls, as well as the rich … More New book, free book – what’s not to love?
A an eye-catching paper trick showing that we can never be so messed-up that God can’t fix us. … More Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 – God of second chances (paper trick)
For Jesus, it was not enough just to know he had healed someone, he also wanted to meet her, and to know that she really was OK after all. And he also know that it was better for Jane to meet him, not to stay anonymous. Jesus wanted to encourage her faith, to lead her closer to God, and to completely transform her life, not just bring physical healing. … More All Age Talk -The Woman in the Crowd
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
Oh dear – I don’t have any to hand. (Send children to find something like red tape) What about gaffer tape? That will go round it.
But that’s for mending things!
Yes, I know. There are a lot of broken things on the earth. … More Cabbage Christingle
This is the text of a pair of essays submitted as part of my course at Spurgeon’s College for the module ‘Reading and Using the Bible’. The first part is an exegesis, the second part has application with children’s activities. The first part was formative (not for credit), the second part was my grade for … More Isaiah 1:21-31
This is the text of my talk for the family service on Mothering Sunday, complete with props and stage directions. Feel free to use / adapt / etc as appropriate. Text is Psalm 103 Mothering Sunday – March 6th 2016 Props: Three large pots with attached flowers. Labelled thus (label covered with post-it note) and containing … More Mothering Sunday