First Things In response to feedback, I’ve moved these posts to Fridays so that you have time to distribute it to your congregation if that’s what you do. Also, I’m thinking of putting these resources in a book (with the Coronavirus references removed). Would you be interested in buying such? What would you like to … More Together Apart – Matt 13 – The Sower and The Seeds
A lot has changed in the last week and we’re all having to get used to a new ‘normal’, so Reflectionary will be changing too. With church meetings cancelled, we’ll stop publishing resources aimed at services and, from tomorrow, publish all-age Bible studies instead. And I do mean all-age; I don’t mean ‘for kids’. You … More Being Church Together, Apart
Am I Samuel, hearing God but mistaking it for just an ordinary voice? Certainly God uses the voices of those around us to speak, and I know I need to listen better. Take a few moments to look around you. If God were speaking through the ordinary voices of the everyday, what might he be saying, right now? … More 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) – listening, but not understanding
The point about this parable, together with the ones about the bags of money and the bridesmaids just before, is the surprise. Here are people getting sorted into the Bible’s version of to Gryffindor saying, “Who, me?” … More Matthew 25:31-46 – Sorting
The Caramel of the Toe Nails – you mean a parable, not a caramel!
And birds’ toe nails. Do you mean talons?
Yeah, that’s right. The Parable of the Talons. … More Matthew 25:14-30 – “You’re Fired!” The Caramel of the Toe Nails
Rod: Everything in this world is made from other things. You are made from grapes! Your body breaks down the grapes into all the little molecules and atoms, and then rearranges them to make you. It’s rather clever.
Andy: So I come from re-cycled grapes?
Andy: Cool! … More Matthew 21:33-46 – Harvest from the Stars
Fresh scripts launch God’s timeless word like a rocket. “Parables as Jesus would have told them – witty, punchy and thought-provoking.” Christmas and Easter? Sorted.
Some quiet and meditative, some a-pun-a-minute – there’s a script for every occasion. Meet Elijah’s ravens on holiday. Meet texting angels. Meet the Big Bad Cat. Then slow down and relive Good Friday through the eyes of one who was there – Jesus, remember me. … More Drama without the, well, drama!
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)
It’s a classic moral tale about being honest and not cheating – and then Jesus goes and messes it up by patting the cheat on the back. What? … More Luke 16:1-13
The church has never been a place for good people. It’s a place for broken, hurting, ordinary people – just like you and me. And God rejoices. … More 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Psalm 51:1-10, Luke 15:1-10