Yes, that’s right: ‘sore winner’, not sore loser. Many of us have experienced the terrifying wrath of a four-year-old who can’t cope with losing at snakes and ladders. Some of us will have been that four-year-old, but hopefully most of us grow up and learn to accept that, in every game of winners and losers, … More How not to be a Sore Winner
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 [Click here for another post on this passage] Saul and David – what a contrast. Saul the self-serving, greedy king – David, the man after God’s own heart. Saul, the people’s choice – David, chosen by God. Saul, the sinner – David, the saint. But hang on (sound effect of a needle … More He chose … poorly
Welcome to the first of the Together, Apart posts. These are now replacing the lectionary-based posts that provided resources for church services because, well, Covid-19. You know how it is. An especially warm welcome to all you folks who have joined us in the past week, it’s good to have you with us. Have a … More Together, Apart – Psalm 23
We ended last week with David’s fall from grace. This week we see him restored by God, and his son building a temple for God’s name. But the kingdom splits and we follow the slow decline of this once-mighty kingdom as first one half and then the other is sent into exile, and we end … More The Big Story – Week 5
Elijah had just had a massive battle with the prophets of Baal and he was totally wiped out. It manifested itself in physical exhaustion, spiritual burn out and mental depression. And you know what? It was OK. … More 1 Kings 19:4-8 – Recharging
Doing A common New Testament word we translate as ‘sin’ is ἁμαρτία (hamartia), and it’s used for when you throw a spear but miss the target. So sin is missing God’s target. We can play a game to illustrate this. Have a small area for a ‘hit’ and everything else is a ‘miss’. You will … More 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a – On Top of Mount Stupid
We meet Jesus in the flurry of busy ministry. There are needy people pressing all around him so that he can’t even eat his lunch in peace. Most people would have snapped by now. “Can’t you give me some space?” “Stop grabbing at my clothes!” … More 2 Sam 7:1-14a, Jer 23:1-6, Ps 23, Mk 6:30-34, 53-56 – Sheep Time!
Some folks seem to pack a lot of life into a short time. David certainly did, but for other folks it’s different. Perhaps you look back on a long life and wonder what you have accomplished. Perhaps you look at the years stretching ahead and see a desert of monotony – will anything ever happen? Perhaps you stand in the middle, with the time behind lengthening and the time ahead shortening. … More 2 Samuel 5:1-10 – The What and The Why
It can be easy for us to sort people into ’goodies’ and ‘baddies’, like on Scooby Doo. Then we can dislike the baddies because they’re, well, baddies. So it’s OK. But this lament shows a more 3D picture. … More 2 Samuel 1:17-27 – How the Mighty Have Fallen 😦
Saul: What about fighting? Have you got a black belt?
David: (looks at trousers) Errr … My mum sews elastic in to keep them up.
Saul: Martial arts, you twonk! Can you do Karate? Taekwondo? Judo?
David: Origami? … More 1 Samuel 17:32-49 – The Apprentice