I’m only Human – Shake it Off

Mark 6:1-13 Jesus sends out the disciples two by two I sometimes find it very easy to beat myself up over little mistakes. Or when things just don’t quite go my way. I don’t think I’m alone – I hope I’m not alone. It’s those times when for some reason we were...

Desire, healing and baptism

Mark 5:21-43 Jairus’ Daughter and the Woman who touched Jesus clothes Growing up in Canada, as a teenager I had a paper route. It was the classic North American thing. The papers were dropped off around the corner each day and my friend and I would take turns...

Gotta have faith

Mark 4:35-41 Jesus calming the storm As a teenager I shovelled snow for my neighbours. It made a bit of money and helped my neighbours who couldn’t shovel it for themselves. One of the neighbours I shovelled for was particularly demanding – the drive and walk...

Small ideas can have a big impact

Mark 4:26-34 Parables of the Kingdom So the world cup has begun in Russia. There is something about World competitions in a sport like football, where the costs to entry are low, that can be incredibly inspiring. It’s always great to see some of the smaller, less well...

Families

Mark 3:20-35 Jesus’s mother and brothers come to get him Families are not always easy. My brother and I had a reasonably big age gap – as a result we didn’t fight that much, but I knew how to be the annoying little brother. I knew when to turn up when he...

Driven out by the Truth of Love

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21 The day of Pentecost Fairytales aside – watching the royal wedding yesterday I did think – you know I think she really must love him. Not because being a royal is a great hardship. They will never want for clothes, food or...