What do you Value?

Mark 10:17-31   The camel and the needle   What do you value? Just over a week ago a spray painted stencil on canvas, called ‘Girl with Balloon’, was sold for just over £1 million at Sotheby’s.
 As the gavel dropped on the sale, the frame in which the painting was...

Unlikely Heroes

Mark 9:38-50 Whoever isn’t against us is with us. At the weekend I was listening to a podcast. One of the segments was the replay of a documentary from around 10 years ago. About a man who had struggled with drug addiction and crime from a young age. The...

Vulnerable Baking

Mark 9:30-37 Arguing over who is greatest One evening each weekend, time permitting, we have taken to having dinner together watching the Great British Bake Off. It’s good fun competition, looking to see who will get a handshake from Paul Hollywood, who will make an...

Should the Church be Political?

Mark 8:27-38 Who do you say that I am? As a child I used to sail and race small sailing boats. With small boats you have to become one with the boat. In low-wind, for example, even the smallest movement slowed you down. But if you get yourself in the right spot, you...

Rhythms and Drumbeats

Mark 6:30-45, 53-56 Jesus takes the Apostles away to rest One of my 6 month placements in industry was in equipment procurement. At the time were building the first test aircraft and then the first customer aircraft. The job I had was effectively to try to get the...

Pre-conditioning – Dedication Feast

Mark 6:14-29 The Beheading of John the Baptist Television can be rather surreal – and can condition us to expect what we wouldn’t expect in real life. I remember watching the first series of Lost. The concept was that an airplane crash lands on a deserted jungle...